Chrissy Teigen undergoing IVF after loss of son: 'Stop asking if I'm pregnant'

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Chrissy Teigen has explained why you should never ask a woman if she's pregnant, pictured in January 2018. (Getty Images)
Chrissy Teigen has explained why you should never ask a woman if she's pregnant, pictured in January 2018. (Getty Images)

Chrissy Teigen has explained why you should never ask a woman if she's pregnant.

In a candid post shared to Instagram, the model, 36, opened up about her IVF journey while also urging people not to inquire about potential pregnancies.

In 2020 the mum of two, who is married to singer John Legend, shared the heartbreaking news that her third pregnancy had ended in loss.

While sharing that the couple are now undergoing more fertility treatment to expand their family, Teigen encouraged others not to ask about pregnancy and future baby plans.

Alongside a snapshot showing her stretching, the cookery book author begged fans to stop asking people if they’re pregnant.

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"I wanted to let you guys know I’m balls deep in another IVF cycle to save as many eggos as I possibly can and hopefully make some strong, healthy embryos," she shared of her fertility journey.

While she said she doesn't mind the injections, she is suffering from bloating, which has prompted some people to assume she has a baby bump.

"So I humbly beg you to stop asking if I’m pregnant because while I know it’s said with excited, good intentions, it just kind of sucks to hear because I am the opposite of pregnant!" she encouraged.

"But also like please stop asking people, anyone, if they’re pregnant. I said this in the comments and got yelled at because the internet is wild but I’d rather be the one to tell you and not some poor woman who will look you in the eyes through tears and that’s how you finally learn."

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Teigen has opened up about her IVF journey, pictured with husband John Legend in September 2018. (Getty Images)
Teigen has opened up about her IVF journey, pictured with husband John Legend in September 2018. (Getty Images)

Since sharing her plea, Teigen has been inundated with messages of support, many from other women who appreciate the pain of being asked about pregnancy when trying to conceive.

"I cannot believe people think it’s acceptable to ask or comment about being pregnant or not," one user wrote.

"Thanks for using your platform to bring awareness to this, ivf, loss and so many struggles."

"Any unsolicited commentary about bodies is off limits," another agreed.

"It’s beyond frustrating people feel like it’s okay to ask about pregnancy," yet another user commented. "Some people are struggling, some never want kids, some simply are a bit bloated and now feel bad about their body."

"I will never understand people who ask women if they are pregnant," another user wrote. "Maybe I am? Maybe I ate a lot of tacos? Maybe I’m going thru something super personal, oh and maybe ITS NONE OF YOUR FREAKIN BUSINESS!"

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Teigen isn't the only celebrity to speak out and urge others not to enquire about a potential pregnancy. Last year Sophie Ellis-Bextor explained why she strongly believes that you should never ask someone if they’re pregnant.

Speaking on White Wine Question Time the singer, who has five boys of her own, says being pregnant is private business.

Recalling a time last year when someone asked her the very same question, she said it’s “really not OK.”

“Last year, when I did a video for Crying At The Discotheque, I won't name him, but a guy that I work with saw some of the footage, and he phoned me up and he said, ‘I just wondered if you have big news?’” she recalled to podcast host Kate Thornton.

“And I was like, ‘Are you asking me if I'm pregnant?’ He said, ‘Yes’. Afterwards, I was so angry. I was like, if I wore a sequin catsuit and for whatever reason, I don't tell you I'm pregnant, either, because I'm not, I am and I'm not ready to say or I have been recently, and I don't want to talk about it, then don't bloody ask me!

“I think that's really not okay, because I think there's some things that are very private.”

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Ellis-Bextor says we all need to be bit more mindful of asking the pregnancy question, particularly as many women struggle to start a family.

“Family life, in that way, is still something we discuss in a very light-hearted way, like the weather,” she said.

“There's lots about that I totally get and it's totally understandable. But yes, I think when it comes to some questions that get asked... Especially now we're much more aware and much more open about the fact that — actually — for a lot of people having a family, in the way you want, doesn't necessarily come as easy as you hope."

Teigen has been praised for speaking out about the subject, pictured in January 2021. (Getty Images)
Teigen has been praised for speaking out about the subject, pictured in January 2021. (Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston has also spoken out about the dangers of speculating about a woman's body, particularly when it comes to pregnancy rumours.

The Morning Show star says her level of Friends and post-Friends fame was so high, the pregnancy and relationship gossip was constant and hard to cope with.

"I used to take it all very personally — the pregnancy rumours and the whole, 'Oh, she chose career over kids' assumption," she said.

"It’s like, 'You have no clue what’s going with me personally, medically, why I can’t … can I have kids?' They don’t know anything, and it was really hurtful and just nasty."

Back in 20216 the actor responded to the constant pregnancy rumours in a scathing blog post for The Huffington Post.

“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” she wrote. “I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism,’ the ‘First Amendment’ and ‘celebrity news'.”

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty.”

Addressing the constant pregnancy rumours she went on to add: “I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or 'fat’.

“Not to mention the painful awkwardness that comes with being congratulated by friends, coworkers and strangers alike on one’s fictional pregnancy (often a dozen times in a single day).”

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