When it comes to her personal life, Chrissy Teigen is pretty much an open book. She has opened up about everything from her skin-care routine to her post-baby body insecurities, and most recently, she shared her decision to have her breast implants removed. Now, the star is taking to social media to explain why she gets Botox while pregnant—and, no, it has nothing to do with looks.
Teigen, who recently confirmed she is expecting her third child with husband John Legend, posted a series of tweets on Friday discussing the procedure, telling fans that her doctor approved the injections as a treatment for headaches. “I get really really bad pregnancy headaches,” she tweeted.
She continued, explaining: “Was thrilled to be cleared to do neck muscle botox along with a crazy combo of beta blocker shots and radio wave frequency something something doctor terms. Anyhow man it’s just so bad but I see the light finally.”
While Botox is commonly used as a cosmetic treatment for smoothing wrinkles and firming skin, it has also been approved to treat conditions such as neck spasms, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and an overactive bladder. Research has also shown that the Botox injections can help prevent headaches, and in 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraines in adults who are age 18 or over.
This isn’t the first time Teigen has admitted to getting Botox injections. In 2019, she revealed that she gets injections under her arms to stop excessive sweating. Documenting the procedure on Instagram Stories, she called it the "best move" she has ever made. And back in 2017, during an interview with Byrdie, she reportedly pointed to her forehead as she declared it was “fake,” hinting at the idea of Botox injections.
This time, speaking specifically about using Botox to treat migraines, Teigen said she's used it to help with non-pregnancy-related headaches as well, which she claimed was “life changing.” Replying to a fan, she wrote, “Jaw Botox for my grinding was a MUST for my regular headaches. You can also do behind the brow for migraines."
Of course, some followers expressed concern that Teigen was getting Botox injections, wondering if the treatment is safe to do while pregnant. (There is no clinical evidence suggesting that getting Botox is unsafe in pregnancy, but you should always consult with your doctor.) Teigen consults with a neurologist, not a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon. "If you have the means to go to a neurologist instead of cosmetic it's a lot better and safer because they talk to your OB," she explained.
Another follower warned that the disapproving mommy-shamers were about to come for her, to which the soon-to-be-mom-of-three simply responded, “I absolutely do not care.” And plenty of fans offered their support. “So glad you are able to get effective treatment,” wrote one. Pregnancy headaches are one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, and it turns out many women find relief with Botox injections.
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