Maternity Motherhood

This Is Postpartum

September 7, 2018

This is postpartum in all it’s glory. Soaked nursing bra, naked newborn (bc blowout), matted hair. Cellulite and stretch marks and rolls on rolls. This is me. 6 weeks after delivering Bronx. 2.5 years after Deuce. 4 years after Harlym. And 5 years after Brooklynn.

Instagram is filled with pretty photos, captions with inspirational quotes, a highlight reel of people’s lives. What if we all showed the real and raw side of motherhood and postpartum? Would we feel less alone?

This is my real:

  • I’m constantly tired. Most days, it feels like my body is failing me.
  • I can’t remember shit. On the phone with the kids’ doctor a few weeks ago, I couldn’t remember Harlym’s birthday. Like I actually could not remember the date and had to look it up.
  • At least once a day, I lock myself in the bathroom and cry because my toddlers are evil.
  • I’m lucky if I shower once every three days.
  • I wake up every morning in a puddle of breast milk because my letdown is so intense.
  • Nothing pisses me off more than my husband saying, “I think the baby is hungry” 10 minutes after I finish nursing.
  • I haven’t lost a single pound since giving birth, even though my baby weighed 7lbs 10oz.
  • I binge eat while breastfeeding (those cravings tho) and tend to gain a lot of weight. I feel less than when I hear about mamas who lose a ton of weight while breastfeeding. When I hear about mamas who are back to their pre-pregnancy size within a few months of giving birth.
  • My anxiety is 100x worse after giving birth. For months. I take 100mg of Zoloft and even that doesn’t help much the first few months postpartum.

THIS is postpartum. This is me, sharing all of these things that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to share if not for this beautiful movement. When I was asked to participate in this movement, I was immediately inspired and in awe of all the incredible women surrounding me. Women of all sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds. All these mamas on a journey of self love – all of us navigating this postpartum period together. Changing the narrative of postpartum, one story at a time. Mamas, you are not alone. Take a few minutes today to scroll through the hashtag on Instagram, read the stories, and if you feel inspired… share your own story using the hashtag!

 

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#this_is_postpartum . This is postpartum in all it’s glory. Soaked nursing bra, naked newborn (bc blowout), matted hair. Cellulite and stretch marks and rolls on rolls. This is me. 6 weeks after delivering Bronx. 2.5 years after Deuce. 4 years after Harlym. And 5 years after Brooklynn. . Instagram is filled with pretty photos, captions with inspirational quotes, a highlight reel of people’s lives. What if we all showed the real and raw side of motherhood and postpartum? Would we feel less alone? This is my real: •I’m constantly tired. Most days, it feels like my body is failing me. •I can’t remember shit. On the phone with the kids’ doctor a few weeks ago, I couldn’t remember Harlym’s birthday. Like I actually could not remember the date and had to look it up. •At least once a day, I lock myself in the bathroom and cry because my toddlers are evil. •I’m lucky if I shower once every three days. •I wake up every morning in a puddle of breast milk because my letdown is so intense. •Nothing pisses me off more than my husband saying, “I think the baby is hungry” 10 minutes after I finish nursing. •I haven’t lost a single pound since giving birth, even though my baby weighed 7lbs 10oz. 🤔 •I binge eat while breastfeeding (those cravings tho) and tend to gain a lot of weight. I feel less than when I hear about mamas who lose a ton of weight while breastfeeding. When I hear about mamas who are back to their pre-pregnancy size within a few months of giving birth. •My anxiety is 100x worse after giving birth. For months. I take 100mg of Zoloft and even that doesn’t help much the first few months postpartum. . THIS is postpartum. This is me, sharing all of these things that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to share if not for this beautiful movement. When I was asked to participate in this movement, I was immediately inspired and in awe of all the incredible women surrounding me. Women of all sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds. All these mamas on a journey of self love – all of us navigating this postpartum period together. Changing the narrative of postpartum, one story at a time. Head to @lifeasagriffin to read her #this_is_postpartum story. ✨

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