Chrissy Teigen Partners with Allegheny Health Network for Women's Health
Teigen helping to spread awareness about postpartum depression diagnoses and treatment.
Chrissy Teigen is teaming up with Allegheny Health Network and AHN Women this month to spread awareness about an issue that doesn't get enough attention.
The model, author and activist is launching #MyWishForMoms, focusing on postpartum depression. Maternal Mental Health Month is observed annually in May.
According to the American Psychological Association, one in seven new moms in 2018 developed postpartum depression, yet only 15 percent received treatment. Postpartum depression is characterized by extreme feelings of sadness, anxiety and exhaustion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says postpartum depression is the most common complication from pregnancy, and the effects can last up to a year after delivery.
"I'm grateful to be able to use the platform that I've been given to reduce the stigma that many women feel when talking about these very real and treatable conditions," said Teigen. "I wish I had known that postpartum depression can happen to anyone because I didn't think it could happen to me. Here I was, with my perfect little Luna and a supportive husband, yet I was truly struggling."
Teigen meets with Dr. Sarah Homitsky in Pittsburgh to discuss postpartum depression and Maternal Mental Health Month.
Teigen and her husband, 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend, have two children.
In addition to a series of interviews shot with women who have received treatment for postpartum depression in Pittsburgh, Teigen is asking you to join in the conversation on social media, where she has more than 35 million combined Twitter and Instagram followers (@chrissyteigen). She wants moms to share what they wish they would have known about postpartum depression and anxiety using the hashtag #MyWishForMoms.
"My wish for moms is that they know they aren't alone, and they are supported by the more than 500,000 women who share their experience each year," Teigen recently tweeted.
Images courtesy AHN Women.