Giving birth is a beautiful thing, but as women who've done it know full well, it’s not all butterflies and rainbows. A lot of weird shit happens down under. And in an effort to remind the world of that, Amanda Bacon posted this post-delivery picture on Facebook:
“Motherhood uncensored. I'm sharing this picture because it's real. 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. And do it while having a sense of humour. Nothing says welcome to motherhood like an adorable squishy baby, and a giant mum diaper.”
As Amanda points out in the now viral post of her wearing a “giant mum diaper," this is the part of postpartum that isn't front and centre in the baby books—the messy, exhausting, and often painful toll that pushing a child out of you can take on a woman’s body.
By sharing this picture, Amanda is pushing back against the stigma surrounding these intimate moments that are less than picture perfect. Take this as a reminder that bringing life into this world is tough, and any mum who can make it through to the other side, humour fully in tact, is a total badass.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.