We’ve all seen those beautiful photos of new moms and their squishy little babies. Between handheld video cameras and the new trend of birthing photographers, it seems as though almost every single moment in that elusive delivery room is no longer… well, elusive. Heck, even placenta photography is now a thing.
But what we don’t often see is the raw reality of what happens to a woman postpartum — those embarrassing little things that happen that make every new mom say, “I left my dignity at the door when I checked into the hospital.”
You know what we’re talking about, moms. The stitches. The oxytocin shots in the thighs. The fact that you’re the only naked one in the room. Well, besides your new baby, but he or she has the memory of a goldfish at that point. Oh and did we mention the blood? All that bloody freaking blood.
That’s the stuff we never really talk about. Until now that is.
Thanks to a Facebook user by the name of Amanda Bacon, we can all picture exactly what being a brand new mom actually looks like. And it’s not just messy, it’s raw, funny and oh-so-true.
Yup, that’s it in all its glory. The partner gets to hold the baby all calm, relaxed and clothed while the mom recovers, either in a hospital gown, an old T-shirt or completely naked. Sorry, make that almost naked — she does have big mesh granny panties on, and a giant ass pad wedged in there to soak up all the afterbirth glory. Heck if she’s really lucky she’ll have a giant ice pack in there too — you know, just to give the area that added bit of extra bulge for fun.
Of course moms do this willingly, because guess what? It’s for a reason. They finally have their baby in their arms after nine-plus months of waiting. Sure, that doesn’t make needing a partner to go to bathroom any more fun, but at that point everyone has seen all of you anyhow. Heck they’ve probably also seen you poop on the table, so who cares about them seeing you pee in a bowl?
Good on Bacon for finally showing the world what it’s like. This is one picture we probably wouldn’t have ever posed for ourselves (or even allowed our partners to keep), let alone post it on Facebook for the world to see.
But man, it’s so, so true. This is reality at its finest. Maybe we should all be a little more brave about our bodies in this situation. After all, it just brought another life into this world. And isn’t that a kind of amazing thing?
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