Chrissy Teigen is the queen of honesty. She’s gotten real about everything from pregnancy to the horrors of our current White House administration, and even stretches marks and cellulite. Despite her mega-fame and her more reserved husband, singer John Legend, Teigen has never been afraid to keep it real. Though we thought Legend’s post of her pumping her breast milk during their Father’s Day outing was a bit blunt, the supermodel, of course, took it up a notch with a recent Instagram post.
The Lip Sync Battle host snapped a hilarious photograph of herself sitting on top of a steamer with a towel draped over her thighs. She was also wearing a white face mask and had a heating pad draped around her neck. She captioned the photo, “face mask / heat pad / vagina steam no I don’t know if any of this works but it can’t hurt right? *vagina dissolves*”
Teigen recently gave birth to her second child, a boy named Miles, so she’s in the midst of postpartum recovery. We’re no experts when it comes to pregnancy and motherhood, but we do know that pregnancy and birth take a big toll on women’s bodies. It can take quite a while for ladies to start feeling like themselves again.
Since Teigen is a legend, her fans across the globe praised her for posting the good, bad, and the ugly when it comes to all things after pregnancy. One IG user commented, “This is why I love you. The truth isn’t always pretty. Motherhood is a beast. You’re slaying it. From one mother to another you for your amazing honesty. Another person chimed in adding. “I have no words for how great this is! Every mom can relate…for real, tho!”
So what exactly is vaginal steaming and why would the Cravings author be enticed to try it? Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of the treatment. When she was still running her fancy but puzzlingly lifestyle blog Goop, the Iron Man actress wrote about the benefits of having your womanly bits steamed. According to her, it cleanses the vagina and uterus. Other alleged benefits include battling fatigue, headaches, infections and ease regulating menstrual cycles and cramps.
In a 2015 post, she said, “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne. And a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.” Um. We think a nice steam of water probably wouldn’t do any harm, but we’re not sure that whatever infrared and mugwort are belong down there.
Though we’re sure Teigen meant no harm at all, OB/GYN’s were quick to let folks know that vaginal steaming is not where it’s at. Dr. Jen Gunter politely responded to Teigen’s post by tweeting, “The vagina steam is a scam. Potentially harmful. Sitz baths definitely endorsed.”
Dr. Gunter has been known to clap back at Paltrow in particular for her potentially harmful recommendations on Goop. In 2016, she got real about vaginal steaming. She said, “steaming will do nothing but make you feel good because you spent a lot of money (the placebo effect increases the more you spend), at worst it will cause rashes and burns.” YIKES.
Dr. Gunter isn’t her alone in her assessment of the beauty treatment. OB/GYN Dr. Christine Greves told Today, “The vagina is a self-cleaning oven, which is awesome. You may feel the need to do something to it, but you don’t.”
Let’s just hope that Teigen was merely sitting on some nice warm water. If anything, this was a small lesson in what not to do when taking care of your vagina. Luna’s mother is still epic though.
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