Hollywood couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen lost their third child to stillbirth. However, their luck has changed, as they are expecting another new addition to the family after facing social media scrutiny.
In September 2020, model Chrissy Teigen and her singer husband, John Legend, announced that they lost their unborn son, Jack.
Nearly a month later, Teigen candidly spoke up for the first time about the ordeal in an essay for Medium and wrote that the experience was extremely saddening.
“It feels right to begin with a thank you. For weeks, our floors have been covered in flowers of kindness. Notes have flooded in and have each been read with our own teary eyes,” Teigen wrote.
The TV personality revealed that she was 20 weeks pregnant when she had an epidural and was induced into labor. Teigen was diagnosed with “partial placenta abruption.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is when the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus, which blocks the baby’s oxygen supply and nutrients and leads to heavy bleeding in the mother.
As a result, Teigen was on bed rest for more than a month as she was hospitalized for excessive bleeding. The mother of two disclosed that after only a few days in the hospital, doctors told her Jack would not survive much longer.
If the pregnancy had progressed further, there was a chance she also would not have survived. They tried many blood transfusions, but nothing worked.
“I cried a little at first, then went into full-blown convulsions of snot and tears, my breath not able to catch up with my own incredibly deep sadness. Oxygen was placed over my nose and mouth, and that was the first picture you saw. Utter complete sadness,” Teigen confessed.
The photo she was referring to was one she requested her mother and husband to take; Teigen shared it on social media when she first broke the heartbreaking news. She penned a lengthy post on Instagram detailing the agony she and her family went through because of the miscarriage:
“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.”
“To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you,” Teigen wrote.
More than a year later, her spouse, Legend, openly discussed the devastating experience in an interview with The Guardian.
The couple shared pictures of their stillborn child on social media and received backlash. Some people said it made them “uncomfortable.” Despite that, the songwriter stated he and his wife chose to focus on the “outpouring of love and support.”
Legend stressed that he and Teigen were “tested” by their son’s death as it was a “tragedy” for them as a family, but it made them even stronger:
“It was a tragedy. But I think it strengthened our resolve and resilience because we were there for each other. We came out even more sure of who we were as a couple and as a family.”
He explained that they also learned of many other families that had suffered similar losses. That said, Legend commended the mother of his kids for her “bravery” in sharing their story because other people were comforted by the fact that they were not alone in their grief.
A year after Jack’s death in September 2021, Teigen took to Instagram and posted a photo where she was reeling from pain while in the hospital alongside her husband.
She wrote that although a year had passed, it did not make the pain disappear. The Utah native said people told her it would get easier, but she was not there yet, noting that she and Legend would always love their child.
TEIGEN HAPPILY ANNOUNCES THAT SHE IS PREGNANT
In August 2022, Teigen shared the good news with her Instagram followers as she announced that she and Legend were expecting another baby. She posted a selfie showing her visible growing baby bump, writing:
“The last few years have been a blur of emotions, to say the least, but joy has filled our home and hearts again.”
The author admitted that after every appointment, she was skeptical about announcing her pregnancy after what happened nearly two years ago.
However, every time she heard the baby’s heartbeat, she experienced a feeling of relief, but still, anxiety crept in:
“I don’t think I’ll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves, but so far, everything is perfect and beautiful, and I’m feeling hopeful and amazing.”
In February 2022, Teigen posted on her Instagram that she had begun her IVF treatment and urged fans to stop asking whether she had a bun in the oven. She said that though she knew people had good intentions, it had the opposite effect on her because she was not yet pregnant.
The Sports Illustrated cover model added that although she did not mind taking the shots for the treatment, they caused bloating, making the experience unpleasant.
In March 2022, Teigen told Entertainment Tonight that she had completed her last round of invitro fertilization after announcing that she and her spouse were trying to have another baby.
As they wait for their fourth child, Teigen and Legend are already proud parents of two children. The couple has a six-year-old daughter named Luna, whom they welcomed in 2016, and a son called Miles, who arrived in 2018.
Like all kids, the siblings are growing up fast. In September 2021, Teigen shared on social media that she cried while dropping off Luna on her first day of kindergarten and Miles at pre-k.
That same month, the doting mom revealed that her brood loves “pampering other people” — especially her. Luna gave her mother a foot massage.
In December 2017, Legend opened up about parenting the kids with Teigen in an interview with Us Weekly. Although they have been together for over a decade, he said part of parenthood is learning how to do it together.
Even though Chrissy and I have been together for a long time, we haven’t been parents together until last year [when they had their first child]. You start to learn what kind of responsibilities you want to share and take on,” he stated.
The pianist added that as their children grow up, he would support them in achieving their dreams. Legend said when his son and daughter find their passions, they need to “commit” to them.