Since she wrote the post a week ago, Manea-Ellyatthas has been inundated with media requests from around the world, including from US Weekly, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan US.
But it’s the messages of support from other mums that have meant the most. “I had a couple in Belgium contact me saying ‘My kids are fully grown now but I wish I’d had this when I was little.’ Another woman said ‘I tried to have a child for 10 years… and now that I have him it’s still a shit show’.”
Manea-Ellyatt believes that the reason the post has struck a chord is that her honesty is rare in today's social media-obsessed world. “There’s this curated version of what motherhood is like.Even a photo of a child having a tantrum is filtered. When I tried to look for normal people like me I couldn’t find them.”
She hopes her post will help people understand that many women struggle with motherhood in the early weeks and months. “You don’t know who in your group or in your friend circle is going through that but is too scared to say it.”
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This article originally appeared on Marie Claire.