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Chrissy Teigen didn't understand postpartum depression

Chrissy Teigen suffered from the mental health condition after giving birth to her daughter Luna in 2016 and has said she didn't realise how the illness would affect her.

FILE: Chrissy Teigen with her daughter Luna. Picture: @chrissyteigen/instagram.com

LONDON - Chrissy Teigen didn't think her postpartum depression would sneak up on her and decided to speak out on the subject so other women could be more informed.

The 32-year-old model suffered from the mental health condition after giving birth to her daughter Luna, now two, in 2016, and has said she didn't realise how the illness would affect her.

Teigen - who has Luna and five-month-old son Miles with her husband John Legend - has been open with her depression struggle, and says the reason she speaks so candidly about it is that she wants other mothers to be more informed about the condition than she was.

She said: "I thought postpartum was, you have the baby and you're sad. It was like, no. It sneaks up on a lot of people. That's why I thought it was important for me to talk about."

The Lip Sync Battle host has struggled with mental health before as she says she was once put on anti-anxiety medication because she didn't know where her life was going.

Speaking to Glamour magazine as she was named one of its Women of the Year, she said: "I used to be on anti-anxiety medication because I was confused. I didn't know where I was going in life. All I knew when I was younger, or when I was 18, was that I wanted kids and a husband."

Meanwhile, Teigen recently spoke about how she lost control of her health and started drinking too much following Luna's birth.

She said: "After Luna, I was drinking too much. I wasn't eating as much because I was full from drinking. I wasn't being good to my body. I remember being so bruised from nothing."

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model is now taking antidepressants to help her cope with her depression, and couldn't be more proud that she's doing the best she can for her body.

She added: "It's like, what could be more important than mental health? What's more important than being proud of yourself and doing the best you can for your body?"

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