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When you’re pregnant with your first child, there’s so much you can’t possibly know, no matter how many books you’ve read, or how many of your mom friends you’ve grilled for details. That’s especially true for women who have suffered from postpartum depression (PPD), though — after all, few of us expect to feel anything but love for our babies in their first weeks and months as new mothers, and even when you’ve recovered, getting pregnant again is often a surefire way to trigger anxiety about what it might be like the second time around. In a recent interview, Chrissy Teigen said she worries about experiencing postpartum depression again with her soon-to-be-born son, according to People, and honestly, her fears sound totally understandable. But, like many second-time moms, it also sounds like Teigen has a lot of strength and wisdom to draw on now that she didn’t before, and it’s an important reminder for anyone who has experienced PPD in the past.
Until she opened up about her battle with postpartum depression in an essay for Glamour in March 2017, it was easy to assume that Teigen’s life as a new mom was totally picture-perfect. In the brave piece, Teigen discussed her struggle and recovery, and on Saturday, Teigen opened up once again, discussing some of her second-pregnancy anxieties in a chat with hairstylist Jen Atkin at the Create & Cultivate conference in Los Angeles. The one major difference this time, according to Teigen? The model mama said that if she does experience PPD again, she’ll be “so ready for it.”
Although no mom ever hopes to suffer from PPD a second time (once is more than enough, thank you very much!), Teigen told Atkin that, this time at least, she’s learned enough from her experience that she can be as prepared for it as possible — which, for her, primarily involves having “a real core group of people” around her whom she can trust and rely on to help her when she might not be able to help herself. Reflecting back on her experience with her daughter, Luna, Teigen said,