Facebook user Erica Andrews snapped a postpartum selfie that had the world in awe. Dumbfounded. Surprised.
After it went viral, we took a good look at her 24 hour postpartum photo.
In it, she is nursing her newborn baby shortly after birth, has her postpartum belly hanging out for all of us to see, and she is also wearing an adult diaper at the time.
Her photo’s caption accurately describes the woes and the ins and outs of that delicate time, right after giving birth, that not many people talk about.
“This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like. Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow. My body feels like it ran a marathon and my heart is wide open from yesterday’s travels. Birth opens us like an earthquake opens the earth and I am still in the intimate, fragile throes of that opening. I feel raw. Emotional. Different. I feel like I’m on the undulating surface of the rippling ocean being tossed back and forth between happiness, gratitude, melancholy, and grief. 23 hours ago I held life within and 24 hours ago I surged and transformed allowing life to flow through me, into my waiting hands. The emptiness in my womb brings a heavy feeling crashing into reality but then this new little life whimpers, searching for the breast with soft rooting, and I feel whole again. I am still processing the beautiful transition my whole family has traveled through and I am in complete awe of our strength as humans, women, and mothers. This time is simply unlike any other.”
Thank you Erica, for your brave and candid photo. We agree time in and time again from all aspects of parenting, postpartum to their teenage years… it is a time simply unlike any other for us mommas.