While scrolling through my social feed this morning, I came across a headline proclaiming one mother’s decision to share her postpartum belly picture.
Ruth Lee, a new mom from Arizona, posted the image on her Instagram page after welcoming her daughter into the world with one important message to spread — after initially being “horrified” by it, she had come to realize that motherhood, pregnancy and delivery, in all its forms, is always amazing and beautiful.
Lee has made a name for herself in the blogging world as a wife and woman dedicated to fitness and makeup, so it only makes sense that she went into pregnancy hoping for the picture-perfect experience. In her post, she talked about how she was influenced by other women she followed on social media that shaped what she thought her own pregnancy and delivery experience would be.
“…when they photographed themselves pool-side 5 minutes postpartum, I thought, ‘Wow! I hope that happens to me!’” she wrote.
But despite being a healthy 25-year-old woman who stayed active, worked out during her entire pregnancy, prepared for motherhood with books and birthing classes and used “every kind of stretch mark prevention you could think of,” Lee’s labor and delivery didn’t quite go as she expected. The new mother shared that despite all of her best efforts she ended up with a “traumatic” labor, a Cesarean section, scars and stretch marks. She was also unable to breastfeed.
After a difficult entrance into motherhood, the filtered and edited images Lee had seen during her own pregnancy contrasted to what her reality now looked like — and it sent her into a downward spiral. She confessed…
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