A proud dad. A beautiful newborn. And a half naked new mother wearing an adult nappy. This, mums and dads, is what post-labour looks like. And we applaud every single mother and father who have been in this situation.
I certainly have. And if you’ve given birth, then you probably have too. And while we may not have snapped a photo of this awkward moment, Amanda Bacon and her partner, Ken did.
Then she posted it to Facebook in what can only be classified as the most honest viral message we’ve ever read.
Amanda Bacon posted the after-birth photo just yesterday and it has clearly resonated with new parents everywhere, with over 400,000 reactions and 110,000 shares in only a day.
Because, as Amanda hilariously writes, “Nothing says welcome to motherhood like an adorable squishy baby, and a giant mom diaper”.
And this is exactly what the image shows. While her husband snaps a selfie with his new baby boy, Pierce, Amanda stands in the background wearing nothing but those ginormous mesh-panties-and-pad ensembles mums receive after giving birth.
Clearly recovering from post-birth (most likely in between cluster feeds and showers), Amanda admits that even the messy aspects of parenthood (like this lovely situation) are worth cherishing.
“I’m sharing this picture because it’s real,” Amanda, who is also mum to daughter, Piper, starts off. “This is motherhood; it’s raw, stunning, messy, and freaking hilarious all rolled into one.”
“Having a baby is a beautiful experience, and the realities of postpartum life aren’t spoken enough about. And definitely not photographed enough. Some people probably find this uncomfortable, but why? I seriously don’t get it! It’s probably because this part isn’t talked about. We all should try and educate, empower and embrace every aspect of childbirth, including moments like this.”
A picture says a thousand words. And we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Check out some of our other post-birth posts including the truth about your body after birth, why it’s time to embrace your tiger stripes and another honest photo of what postpartum really looks like.