Chrissy Teigen Reveals Heartbreaking Reality Of Grieving Parents - Women's Health

Chrissy Teigen Reveals Heartbreaking Reality Of Grieving Parents

To mark the one-year anniversary of the loss of her baby, Teigen shared an emotional tribute to “the son we almost had.”

The pain of losing a child is unimaginable for those who haven’t experienced such devastation, and for those who have, navigating such grief is unfathomable. Such a heartbreaking reality was made clear by Chrissy Teigen, who recently marked the one-year anniversary of the loss of her baby this week by sharing a heartbreaking tribute to “the son we almost had.”

Teigen has been candid about the loss of her child. In October 2020, just a month after she and Legend first announced their loss on social media, she penned an emotional essay for Medium that detailed her experience leading up to, during, and in the weeks after the tragedy. In it, Teigen explained that she was hospitalised for excessive bleeding due o a partial placental abruption, which refers to a rare and serious condition in which the placenta separates from the inner lining of the uterus. As a result of this, Teigen had to undergo induced labour once it became clear that, despite the doctor’s best efforts, Jack would not survive the pregnancy and that her own life could be in danger, too. “Even as I write this now, I can feel the pain all over again,” wrote Teigen. 

To mark the tribute, which came shortly after national Sons Day, Teigen shared a photo of herself in the hospital bed where she lost her son Jack at 20 weeks pregnant due to a pregnancy complication. Her pain is etched on her face, the tears visible and her anguish explicit as she lies in the hospital bed sobbing, her husband John Legend by her side. 

“A year ago you gave me the greatest pain I could ever imagine to show me I could survive anything, even if I didn’t want to,” wrote Teigen as she reflected on the devastating loss. “I didn’t get to take care of you, but you came and went to get me to love myself and take care of myself because our bodies are precious and life is a miracle.”

The healing journey is unique to every individual and while it’s clear that there is no timeline when it comes to grief, Teigen made this evident when she expressed that the pain of losing Jack is still very much with her. “They told me it would get easier, but yeah, that hasn’t started yet,” she wrote. “Mom and Dad love you forever.”

In speaking so candidly about the loss of her son, Teigen is helping other mums and parents feel less alone in their grief. In an Instagram story, she wrote about how deeply painful the one-year commemoration of Jack’s death has been for her. “I didn’t sleep at all last night, as John can attest. I was up sick, sobbing, as my phone popped up the memory of being in the hospital exactly 1 year ago, losing our baby,” she wrote. “So maybe I’m a little sensitive today but f*** off.” 

Ultimately, Teigen encourages others to speak up about their own grief to ensure that they aren’t bottling up these feelings. As she told SELF, “It’s important to be able to talk about it, and have a partner that you can grieve with for however long you need to. Because as long as you’re grieving, you’re getting something out.”

By Jessica Campbell

Jess is a storyteller committed to sharing the human stories that lie at the heart of sport.

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