Earlier this month, Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, shared the devastating news that they'd lost their baby boy, Jack, at around 20 weeks due to complications with his placenta. Throughout her pregnancy Chrissy had been posting regular updates online, detailing the complications she was unfortunately facing.
When Jack tragically passed, the brave couple also chose to share their grief with the world alongside a series of intimate photos, taken while in hospital. Baby loss awareness charity, Tommy's, said this can be an important part of the grieving process for parents (in response to trolls leaving cruel messages on Chrissy's social media accounts). Following that, Chrissy has been relatively quiet online, bar telling fans she and John are "quiet but okay".
Now, the model, cookbook author and presenter has spoken in greater depth about what she's been going through in a moving blog post. It begins with her thanking everybody for their kind words during this intensely difficult time, and for sharing their own stories too. She adds that notes beginning with "You don't have to respond to this" were helpful, as she felt quite overwhelmed (but appreciative) of the support.
Speaking about the moment she was told by doctors that her third child would not survive to full term, Chrissy wrote on Medium: "After a couple nights at the hospital, my doctor told me exactly what I knew was coming — it was time to say goodbye. He [Jack] just wouldn’t survive this, and if it went on any longer, I might not either. We had tried bags and bags of blood transfusions, every single one going right through me like we hadn’t done anything at all. Late one night, I was told it would be time to let go in the morning."
Addressing the people who (bafflingly) went out of their way to write nasty messages underneath her personal photos, Chrissy said that John was reluctant to capture their pain at first, but that she knew she "needed to know of this moment forever, the same way I needed to remember us kissing at the end of the aisle, the same way I needed to remember our tears of joy after Luna and Miles. And I absolutely knew I needed to share this story."
Showing an amazing amount of strength, she added, "I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done. I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like. These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me."
In her beautifully written post, Chrissy also details her heartbreaking birth story and writes that she has been experiencing an array of emotions ever since delivering Jack. She also shares that she's been keeping Luna, 4, and Miles, 2, extra close: "I find myself randomly crying, thinking about how happy I am to have two insanely wonderful little toddlers who fill this house with love."
We've been keeping the family in our thoughts and think it's incredibly brave of Chrissy to speak out so openly. No doubt she'll have helped countless of others in the process.
If you're looking for support or more information about premature births, stillbirths or miscarriage, Tommy's have a free helpline 0800 0147 800 (open 9 - 5, Monday to Friday). There's also a Facebook group.
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