Although Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend are now blessed with two children, their path to parenthood hasn’t been straightforward.
The couple married in September 2013 and found realising their dream to build a family was going to be hard-fought. After struggling to conceive, Teigen and Legend underwent IVF for Teigen to eventually give birth to Luna, now 5 years old. Yet following the birth, Teigen has been open about her experience of suffering from postpartum depression. Two years later, the couple tried IVF again in an effort to conceive another child. In an article by Harper’s Bazaar (read it here), Teigen says the first round of IVF was unsuccessful but ultimately, they were fortunate to achieve a pregnancy.
In a beautifully heartfelt Medium essay, Teigen says she had to deliver Miles, now 3 years old, a month early “because his stomach wasn’t getting enough food from my placenta.” In the same essay, she writes of her miscarriage of her son, Jack, at 20 weeks, also due to problems with her placenta.
In September 2020, Teigen suffered a partial placenta abruption and was induced to give birth to Jack and “say goodbye moments later.” She writes how she “laid there for hours, waiting to be told it was time to push.” Teigen, Legend and Teigen’s mother said their private goodbyes to Jack, and Teigen writes she remembers kissing Jack’s tiny hands and feet “over and over again” – although she isn’t sure whether this was for 10 minutes or an hour. Time seemed to stand still in the aftermath of Jack’s premature birth.
Now, 18 months later, Teigen and Legend are having fertility treatment again and hoping IVF will give them “strong, healthy embryos”.