Denn die Realität sieht oft anders aus als das, was Müttern in Medien vorgegaukelt wird. "Eisbeutel auf deinen Brüsten, weil deine Milch gerade gekommen ist. Eisbeutel auf deiner ganzen Vagina, weil da gerade eine ganze Person durchgepresst wurde. Ringe unter den Augen, weil du nicht geschlafen hast, seitdem das Fruchtwasser geplatzt ist", beschreibt es eine Mutter.
"THIS is what 'snapping back' after carrying a child looks like. Ice packs on your boobs cuz your milk just came in; ice packs on your entire vag cuz a whole person just tore thru that sucka; bags and circles under your eyes cuz you haven't slept since your water broke; and your favorite outfit is anything with space for the gigantic pad catching all the blood and fluid falling out of your body. And snacks that you may fall asleep eating...cuz during the one good hour that your tiny human sleeps, you've got to eat, sleep, and pee, too." @nikkig_johnson _ #TakeBackPostPartum #MotherhoodInColor #FourthTrimester #Postpartum #MomLife #RealLifeSnapBack #BirthWithoutFear
Eine andere Mutter schreibt über ihre Ängste vor einer postpartalen Depression und wie sie sich dann in der Realität wirklich fühlte:
“When I was pregnant with Paisley, there was always one thing that I would obsess about that scared me more than giving birth for the first time, #postpartum #depression. I would lay awake at night in fear of what emotions I would have after having her. Would I love her? Would I hate her? Would I feel resentment for what my body just went through? These are all very real thoughts that I had and I couldn’t get them out of my head. After dealing with depression and #anxiety my entire life, I was certain that going through it postpartum was inevitable. Then I had her and I felt....fine. In fact, I felt better than I had in my entire life. I felt happy and strong and powerful like I had just done something no other human ever could. Maybe it was just the #oxytocin talking but it was a feeling like I was floating on a cloud. Then days and weeks and months went by and the exhaustion finally set in. Around 6 months postpartum I started feeling defeated. Like if I didn’t get some kind of break soon then I would end up breaking myself. I remember sitting in my truck, tears streaming down my face because Paisley did a number of things that day that made me question whether or not I was a good mom. I felt this way for a couple weeks and then I finally was able to pull myself out of it. I’m not a doctor so I’m not sure if it was #PPD or not, but what I do know is that whatever you’re going through be it exhaustion, PPD, #PPA or even just feeling tired—you are GOING to get through this. Ask someone for help. Tell them you need their support. Take some time to practice self love and self care. You can’t pour from an empty glass. I know it’s hard, but you aren’t alone and you should never feel like you aren’t worthy enough to get the help you need. You are beyond worthy. You are the warrior goddess Mama that birthed that beautiful baby and you deserve every ounce of support and love that you can get. Don’t give up.” 🦋 @chloeandpaisley #motherhood #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #momlife #motherhoodlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #honestlymothering #selflove #selfcare #takebackpostpartum
Feeling this. ❤️ “My body feels broken... everything hurts... I don’t feel like I’m bonding as easily this time around... today has gone to shit.” @austinbirthphotos _ These are excerpts from my raw postpartum session with this incredible woman, mother, human, photographer and friend @heathergallagher.photography _ #takebackpostpartum #postpartumwithoutfear #motherhoodunplugged #motherhood #birthbecomesher #birthwithoutfear #candidmotherhood #fourthtrimester #thesincerestoryteller #dearphotographer #postpartum #birthphotographer
Auch die Realität von Narben, Dehnungsstreifen und anderen Hautveränderungen werden auf dem Account ungeschönt und echt gezeigt.
"I may be a little softer but ultimately I am stronger and these marks just remind me of where I once tightly held and grew Emilia Ren. This body, ME, I may not be the same but if she can find so much comfort and safety in this body, I will as well." @whenalexsmiles ❤️ #3weekspostpartum #takebackpostpartum
Die Höhen und Tiefen der Zeit nach dem Baby werden mutig nach außen gekehrt - um allen Müttern zu zeigen: ihr seid perfekt so, wie ihr seid.
Oder um es in den Worten einer der porträtierten Mütter zu sagen: "Es gibt nichts, das ihr verändern, verlieren oder limitieren müsst - nur den Glauben daran, dass du das einzig Wertvolle bist, musst du behalten. Du musst deinen Körper nicht lieben, das ist normal. Aber du kannst und du darfst."