Chrissy Teigen has been very open with her followers over the years, especially when it comes to experiencing grief. Today marks one year since Chrissy and her husband, John Legend, lost their son, Jack at just 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Read on to find out how the celeb is coping now, and how commemorated Baby Jack’s passing on Instagram.
Chrissy Teigen Shares Her Story of Pregnancy Loss
In September 2020, Chrissy Teigen shared the devastating loss of her unborn son, Baby Jack. In several interviews, Teigen revealed that during her pregnancy she had experienced several serious complications resulting from a partial placenta abruption. This was the celeb’s third pregnancy and despite having experienced some complications with her first two children, this time around – the issues were much more severe.
In an interview with Today, Chrissy said that heavy bleeding left her on strict bed rest for nearly a month while her medical team frantically fought the complications in hopes of finding a solution. Unfortunately, as time went on, her unborn child, whom she and husband, John Legend, had taken to calling Jack, was losing so much amniotic fluid in the sac that the situation had become dire for both mom and baby. Consequently, to prevent further issues that could have put Chrissy’s life in jeopardy, they were forced to make the gutwrenching decision to deliver the baby at just 20 weeks. They knew that the infant would not be able to survive outside the womb, but unfortunately, he wouldn’t have survived the pregnancy either.
Chrissy Trolled By Pro-Life Activists
While she knew that this was the hardest decision she would ever make, Chrissy Teigen felt it was important for her to share her story. According to Today, the celebrity chef instructed her husband and her mother to take photos of the experience. Just as she had photos of the joy and celebrations of her first children’s births, she wanted to capture the strength and heartbreak of losing Jack. She wanted these memories not only for herself but to share with followers who might be experiencing something similar. She wanted them to know that they were not alone.
Just hours after delivering her stillborn son, Chrissy shared a series of black and white photos on Instagram. The photos captured several very intimate moments, post-delivery. Still hooked up to IV lines, and draped in a blanket, Chrissy visibly mourns the loss of her son. In the caption of the post, she shared her loss with fans and thanked them for their prayers and encouragement. Many followers and fellow infant loss survivors flocked the comments to give their condolences and send their prayers to the mourning couple. Unfortunately, not everyone sent words of encouragement.
Chrissy has always been very open about her stance on women’s reproductive rights and her pro-choice position on abortion. Unfortunately, pro-life trolls took the celebs traumatic situation to taunt her, even during her grief. “I guess it wasn’t just a clump of cells,” mocked one follower. “Congratulations on your abortion,” wrote another. Other followers, while not taking shots at her pain were less than happy about her decision to post the pictures, claiming they were ‘disturbing.’ Many felt that those should have been private moments between her and John and not shared with the world.
One Year Later
On Tuesday, the celeb took to Instagram to share an update with her followers. The former Sports Illustrated model shared a heartbreaking photo that fans have never seen. Just after delivery, Teigen laid in a hospital bed, her husband by her side, comforting her. Her cheeks are stained with the tracks of old tears and new ones continue to stream down her face.
The caption was written as a direct message to the son she lost. She says while losing him was the greatest pain she has ever experienced, he taught that life is precious. “they told me it would get easier,” Chrissy wrote, “that hasn’t started yet. mom and dad love you forever.”
The remembrance post for Baby Jack has received more than 2 million likes in less than a day.
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