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Chrissy Teigen reveals how her body is ‘frozen in time’ since her pregnancy loss last year


By Megan Burns
28th Sep 2021

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Chrissy Teigen reveals how her body is ‘frozen in time’ since her pregnancy loss last year

After she and husband John Legend lost their child last year, the former model and cookbook author has written about how her body feels ‘stuck’.

Last year, Chrissy Teigen started a whole conversation around pregnancy loss when she shared the harrowing details of how she and her husband John Legend suffered the loss of their son Jack.

Many applauded her bravery for speaking openly about such a traumatic event, as it is something that many suffer without speaking about it to others, forcing them to grieve alone.

Now, a year on, she has shared the pain of how her body feels stuck in the moment of her pregnancy, making it hard for her to move on. In an Instagram post, she writes, “it’s really weird when you lose a baby and your body gets paused in time”.

She notes that usually pregnancy involves a cycle of your body growing with your baby, then adjusting after you’ve given birth, but this has not been the case for her.

“When you lose a baby halfway through, your body just pauses. It has nothing to do. No one to feed. And you’re just…stuck. Stuck with saggy boobs that were prepping to be milk bags, a belly that was ready to bake. I would be lying if I said this did not majorly suck.”

She adds that on top of the grief she feels at the loss of her son, she is reminded of it daily just by looking at her own body.

Thousands of women have responded in the comments sharing similar stories of bodies left in limbo by pregnancy loss. @loveannatran writes “also when you start to produce milk with no one on the receiving end and your boobs start to swell and harden and become so painful you have to keep ice packs on them around the clock”.

Another, @denisenixon10 wrote: “a stillbirth at 33 weeks and a miscarriage at 11 weeks. My body has never been the same, but nothing to show for it. It sucks and my heart goes out to anyone and everyone who has been through it”.

Many others applauded her resistance to putting a positive spin on things, acknowledging that not everything turns out well in the end.

Anyone who has suffered pregnancy loss and needs support can contact miscarriage.ie, feileacain.ie or pregnancyandinfantloss.ie.