For any mama who’s experienced pregnancy after loss, Chrissy Teigen’s announcement says it all.
By MD® Head Of Content Gemma Dawkins
“I don’t think I’ll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves,” the star wrote on Instagram, alongside a beautiful baby bump picture. It’s been almost two years since Teigen, 32, suffered the heartbreaking loss of baby Jack with husband John Legend. Teigen was diagnosed with a partial placental abruption, and gave birth to Jack at just 20 weeks.
In an essay published later that year, she wrote: “People say an experience like this creates a hole in your heart. A hole was certainly made, but it was filled with the love of something I loved so much. It doesn’t feel empty, this space. It feels full.”
And while she says “everything is perfect and beautiful and I’m feeling hopeful and amazing,” pregnancy after loss is a complicated mix of emotions. “Every appointment I’ve said to myself, ‘Ok, if it’s healthy today I’ll announce. But then I breathe a sigh of relief to hear a heartbeat and decide I’m just too nervous still.”
It’s a feeling that so many mamas will relate to. Whether you’ve been through miscarriage, still birth, infant or child loss – pregnancy after loss brings up a lot. Hope. Guilt. Fear. Relief. Anxiety. All valid.
Teigen has been vocal about her IVF treatments, imploring her followers to stop asking people if they are pregnant (can we get an Amen?) And we’re all for her continuing to advocate for talking about fertility struggles. It’s time to end the stigma.
Congratulations to the family on their sweet baby news.