Chrissy Teigen, Honest as Ever, Defends Fan Who Asks About IVF

When Chrissy Teigen posted an Instagram photo of one-month-old baby Miles, one fan asked what some people might consider a pretty personal question.
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June 29, 2018
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“I think hearing success stories gives people hope,” says the supermodel

Anyone who follows Chrissy Teigen on social media—and there are over 18 million of us—knows that she’s not afraid to speak her mind, or share details of her (rather real) life with husband John Legend, two-year-old daughter Luna and one-month-old baby Miles. So when she posted a photo of Miles looking adorable in a cushion adorned with tiny giraffes, one fan asked what some people might consider a pretty personal question.

“I know IVF was used for Luna, was it used for baby brother also?”

Teigen, who has already gone public with their story of conceiving Luna by IVF (in-vitro fertilization), was happy to respond with a life-affirming and pro-science reply.

“Yep, he was just on ice a smidge longer. Science and the human body are beautiful.”

However, a few of her followers were quick to post their take on the possible inappropriate nature of the question.

One wrote, “girl that is nobodies business lol I hate those questions about my twins” while another chimed in with “do you really find it necessary to know that or ask that/ And why? She’s a celebrity but that still does not give you the right…ijs…that was a total cringe worthy moment, task, task, tsk …”

But the supermodel, cookbook author and Lip Sync Battle co-host wasn’t bothered one bit, and wanted people to know why.

“I wasn’t offended by it—people are just curious and I think hearing success stories gives people hope. I’m all for talking about IVF (heart),” she wrote back.

As usual, Teigen’s response resonated with other, non-supermodel moms.

“yes to all of this, and to destigmatizing the process and the conversation around it!” wrote one. Others wrote comments like, “Thank you @chrissyteigen for speaking up about IVF because it’s nothing ever to be ashamed about!!” and “Thank you @chrissyteigen for talking about it. We are starting the journey and it’s overwhelming…”

With one in every ten couples experiencing fertility problems, IVF has become much more prevalent. However, it can still be a challenging and expensive process, and often comes with a stigma attached. But over a million babies have been born thanks to IVF, and with advocates and celebrities like Chrissy Teigen willing to talk about it, that stigma is hopefully on its way out.

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