By Gillian Fuller. Photos: Getty Images.
Since becoming a mother, Chrissy Teigen has been doing her part to speak out on the less-glamorous aspects of motherhood, including fertility struggles and postpartum depression. Recently, the model and social media queen spoke to Refinery29 about a different motherhood issue: the fact that it’s okay to not want children.
In the interview, part of Refinery29’s new "Mothership" series (which, as the name implies, discusses the various aspects of motherhood), Teigen voiced her belief that parenting should be seen as a choice rather than a duty. Speaking with interviewer Arianna Davis, who admitted she feels unsure of whether or not she wants children, Teigen said, "Well, first of all, I want to commend you in your decision to be open about maybe not having children at all. I think it’s really commendable to even doubt the process out loud, because I don’t feel like people should be pressured to have children."
"I don’t think any of us should assume all women’s goals are to have kids," Teigen added. "It’s a choice!"
Teigen also admitted there was a time when she was unsure if she’d made the right choice in becoming a parent — something many parents can relate to on some level. "I didn’t really have any fears in having a kid, just because I knew that I wanted one and we worked so hard to have her," she explained. "But I have to say, even when we did the IVF process, and then actually conceived, I looked at John and was like, 'Oh my god, is this right? Were we just jumping into this?'"
After a long battle with fertility issues, Teigen gave birth to baby Luna with husband John Legend in April 2016. Teigen and John appear to be great parents, but as Teigen highlights, not everyone wants this role — and that's more than okay. Children are a lifelong responsibility, and it's important that the decision to have one is what's right for you.
For more of Teigen’s parenting wisdom — including her experience with postpartum depression and advice on how to balance parenthood with the rest of your life — read the full interview at Refinery29.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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