Mom Goes Viral Overnight with “Raw, Stunning, Messy” Postpartum Photo

Amanda Bacon is my new superhero. The new mother posted a photo of herself after giving birth this week and it’s already garnered more than 90k shares and 300k likes on Facebook. It is a beautiful picture of her husband holding their newborn and … wait for it … Amanda in the background, ass to camera, wearing a lovely comedy-sized hospital-issued maxi pad.

In the caption titled “Motherhood Uncensored,” Amanda explains why she chose this photo to introduce her baby to the world, writing, “I’m sharing this picture because it’s real. This is motherhood; it’s raw, stunning, messy, and freaking hilarious all rolled into one.”

I love this woman and could not agree more. Of course it’s nice to see a shiny new family welcoming their bundle of joy. We all want a first glimpse at our friend or family’s bambino and to share in what will be one of their most cherished moments of all time.

Yet, I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of seeing moms posting pictures looking like they just stepped out of a salon in the hospital. Anyone who has experienced childbirth knows the process is less than glamorous. Why do some women feel the need to pretend otherwise? It breaks my heart. Are they searching for compliments? If so, here’s one for you: YOU JUST HAD A BABY! You are amazing and remarkable and you just brought another living thing into this world. You are breathtaking. Not because your hair is perfect or you managed to put on makeup, but because you’re a woman and a mother and that is enough.

Amanda believes that “we all should try and educate, empower and embrace every aspect of childbirth, including moments like this. And do it while having a sense of humor. Nothing says welcome to motherhood like an adorable squishy baby, and a giant mom diaper.”

Have I mentioned how much I love this woman?

This photo is raw and real. This is something that should be talked about. Not to scare women about childbirth, but to educate them that the real thing is not like something they’ve seen on TV. Mothers should pass this down to their daughters and other women in their lives. Oh and hey, in addition to the pads, make sure you’ve got some Preparation-H and stool softeners handy. Also, you may drop a deuce while you’re in labor. It happens. No one cares. One more thing, nipples are circular sprinklers. When your milk comes in, it is released through multiple tiny holes in your nipple region. I, for one, thought it came out in one straight shot through the center. A milk bullet, if you will. It does not.

Because her husband took the photo, Amanda wants to make sure he doesn’t catch any heat. She clarifies the intent by saying, “My husband didn’t post this. He doesn’t even have Facebook. I did.”

Bravo, lady friend. Bravo.

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