A few months after talking about their fertility struggles on television, Chrissy Teigen announced via Instagram that she and her musician husband John Legend are pregnant with their first child. That’s right, they’re pregnant.
The pain of infertility affects men, too. This is their celebration. It’s their baby. They are pregnant.
Everyone who has been through a period of infertility knows how amazing it feels to finally be able to announce a pregnancy. When couples go through it together, it’s definitely their news.
“As many of you know, we’ve been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, but we kept trying because we can’t wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family.”
Pregnancy is definitely a situation where “we” applies. My partner and I went through five years of trying to conceive that included three miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy. He was there with me when at 12 weeks we had to rush to the ER. He was there when they determined an embryo had embedded itself into the wall of my fallopian tube and held my hand while they administered a very painful shot of methotrexate. He was there through the monthly pregnancy tests, the disappointments, and the crippling fear every time we saw that “positive.” And he was there through the two eventual pregnancies that gave us healthy, beautiful babies.
Celebrity couples are becoming more and more transparent regarding their troubles conceiving — and it’s a refreshing turn. Whether we like it or not, we end up absorbing celebrity news: it’s everywhere. The reach someone like Chrissy Teigen has is vast, and it’s incredible that’s she’s used her spot in the public eye to shed light on topics that used to be considered “taboo.” The couple didn’t have to share their fertility struggles – but they did. In doing so, they let someone out there know they weren’t alone: that fertility struggles happen — even for those who seem to “have it all.”
“We’re so excited that it’s finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching!”
Congratulations on your pregnancy, Chrissy and John! But don’t be surprised if you change your mind about the belly touching.