Women around the world are coming together to share their various and dynamic experiences with postpartum. An Instagram page called, takebackpostpartum, shares moments in the lives of women who are dealing with depression, resentment, love, hair loss....whatever the case may be after childbirth. This is the picture that we don't see. These are the real moments of childbirth that have mothers laying awake at night in worry or in bliss. These mothers are incredibly strong for sharing their journey with the world. By doing so, they have shown other mothers that they are not alone in whatever they may be facing.
This mother is reminding all mothers out there to take the time to check on yourself and your health.
"If you just had a baby and have lost an inordinate amount of weight, feel like you are on cocaine, are suddenly heat intolerant, and can’t stop losing hair, and feel like your husband is being a dick it might just be your thyroid!! Get checked ASAP."
These women are showing other that their postpartum belly is nothing to be ashamed of.
" If you can find beauty in another woman's body then why not your own? We all share the same energy, beauty, and magic even if it's form uniquely varies a bit." -January Harshe
This woman says she feels broken after having her child. She does not know if her bond with her baby is strong.
“My body feels broken... everything hurts... I don’t feel like I’m bonding as easily this time around... today has gone to shit.”
One mother reflects back on the roughest time of her postpartum depression. At the time she did not think she would overcome the obstacles plaguing her every morning that she woke up. Her mental pain manifested itself physically, but she powered through it all and she is herself today.
"This is a picture I most likely will not keep up for very long. This is me, at the peak of my postpartum depression. I asked Shiloh to take a picture of me, so I could remember how far I’d come, if I ever came out of it. I was lower than low, I wasn’t even myself. Looking back at this photo I remember perfectly the pain I felt, the dread in waking up everyday, the physical pain that engulfed me from thoughts in my brain. I had never known consuming, mind altering emotion such as this that flooded every fiber of my being, making its way through my veins like a plague. This is what postpartum depression looks like, or at least what it did for me. I didn’t want to leave this life, but it seemed like the only way that would rid me of the pain I was in. I didn’t ask for it, it wasn’t welcome. But there it was, and I kicked its fucking ass and beat it to the ground before I let it consume me, or much worse, take my life." @themanifestingmamma
We should always strive to remember that other people go through struggles that we may not visibly see. These mothers have taught us that self-love and self-care are vital. Our struggles are not autonomous even when we may feel alone. Someone out there understands. These mothers are beautiful and we thank you for sharing your experiences!