New mom shares raw photo to detail her postpartum struggles
A new mom recently posted an intimate photo of her postpartum body -- and her inspiring caption is going viral.
Changes -- both physical and mental -- before, during and after pregnancy are to be expected. While these changes are normal, their impacts can be quite difficult...especially if there are complications. No one expects those.
Ruth Lee is a 25-year-old beauty blogger and new mom. With over 30,000 followers, fans tune in daily to her beauty reviews and lifestyle posts, where she writes about her experiences as a young mom.
Recently, she posted a raw photo of her stomach that details her postpartum struggles. While Lee educated and prepared herself for a vaginal delivery, there were complications. She was in terrible pain during her 19 hour labor and was forced to have a C-section.
"I was 25 when I gave birth. I was healthy. I was young. I stayed active during my pregnancy. I took the best prenatals, went to the gym, used every kind of stretch mark prevention you could think of. I took hours of birthing classes, read every book under the sun, and studied natural childbirth my whole pregnancy. I STILL ended up with a traumatic labor, cesarean section, scars, stretch marks, and unfortunately the inability to breastfeed long term," she wrote on Instagram.
Along with the scars, stitches and stretch marks, Lee soon learned she had postpartum depression. These physical and emotional changes came as a complete shock to her.
I took this picture a few days after I gave birth, when my PPD really first reared its head into my life. I took this and actually was horrified. I couldn't believe it was me. I'm sharing it because I know in my heart that there are people out there that struggle with inadequacy. That might think they are not beautiful, that they might be ruined, less worthy, or not good enough.
Her words come serve as a reminder to many. While Lee talks about her daughter's birth as "the most amazing thing" she's been part of, it's important to "be kind to yourself".
"Be kind to yourself. And know that you are not alone. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don't let social media taint your view of what is beautiful, what is REAL," she said.
You can view Lee's full post here.
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