Famous model and entrepreneur, Chrissy Teigen, speaks up about the recent loss of her third baby
By Emma Sacco
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 11 of VARSITY News.
Pregnancy loss and miscarriage are two topics that are still seen as taboo in our society, and on the rare occasion that they are talked about it tends to be in hushed tones and behind closed doors. However, many women have been working at changing this narrative and at raising awareness around the realities of losing a child during or soon after a pregnancy. One of these women include Chrissy Teigen, famous American model, author and entrepreneur, who recently reported losing her third child half-way through her pregnancy.
On the 1st of October Teigen posted a series of photos on Instagram, the first one showing her sitting on a hospital bed with tears streaming down her face. Accompanying the photo was a caption describing the pain her and her husband, John Legend, were experiencing after losing their baby.
“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” wrote Teigen.
While it is unclear as to how exactly the baby was lost, Teigen has described that she experienced excessive bleeding from her placenta that led to her hospitalisation, and that the baby required, “bags and bags of blood transfusions.”
While some expressed confusion and anger at Teigen’s decision to post her private photos and experiences with the loss of her baby on Instagram, others have found it empowering and courageous.
Women have faced the harmful stigma that comes with miscarriage and pregnancy loss for decades. Many women who have experienced such traumas often feel shame after losing a baby and are encouraged to stay silent about their experience, instead of receiving the support and love they need to recover from such a traumatic incident.
Teigen’s decision to post publicly about her pregnancy loss on social media is extremely brave, as this shameful stigma around losing a baby is still ripe in our society. By putting herself and her experience in the spotlight, she risked being the victim of hateful and misogynistic comments about miscarriage.
However, while there were a few hurtful comments about Teigen’s decision to post online, and a few about her pregnancy loss in general, there were far more positive and supportive comments from friends, family and followers over Instagram and Twitter than there were negative.
By publicly posting about her grief and the story about the loss of her baby, Teigen has helped to raise awareness on the realities of miscarriage and pregnancy loss, one of those realities being that it happens a lot more often than most people realise. It is important for us to continue the conversation around this stigmatised topic and remind all women that losing a baby is never something to be ashamed of.
In Teigen’s Instagram post about the loss of her baby, one of her final comments included: “To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.”