New Mom Posts Raw Pic In ‘Unflattering’ Hospital Panties Days After Giving Birth: ‘This Is Real’

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

If you ask a woman what the most painful thing in life is, she’ll probably say one thing: childbirth.

Giving birth is known to be one of the most difficult and painful experiences women go through. Many people think that once you deliver the baby, the pain is gone. Of course, that’s not entirely true.

Yes, the contractions are over, but that doesn’t mean your body just immediately goes back to normal.

After having a baby, it takes a long time for the mom’s body to recover. Plus, it’s not as if you can spend all your time trying to get back into perfect shape, since you’re primarily taking care of your newborn.

Mom Nat Jorge-Martin has a 9-month-old daughter named Delilah. She absolutely adores her little girl.

On February 20, 2018, Nat shared a photo from just days after going through childbirth, and her picture got a lot of attention.

Check out Nat’s image and her thoughts on childbirth below!

Photos: Instagram 1, 2 / natthenaturalmom

[H/T: ScaryMommy]

Nat wrote:

Why would I post this picture?

You can see all the cellulite on my fat legs.
My stomach looks huge, like I am still pregnant.

My ankles are so swollen they look like logs.
You can see the pad in my unflattering hospital panties.
I have no makeup on and my hair hasn’t been brushed in days.

Why would I post this picture?

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Because this is postpartum. 

You will not bounce back once that baby comes out of you.  You will not “lose the baby weight” super quickly.  Your ankles will still be swollen and your belly will still be round.

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And there’s NOTHING wrong with that.  You just brought a baby into the world.

Whether you had a vaginal birth or a c-section, a child emerged from your body and that’s a HUGE deal!

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I asked my husband to take this photo because it was the first time I stood up in days and the first time I held my baby all by myself, without wires connecting me to a bed.

This moment was so beautiful, I got to sway side to side while holding the life I sustained for 9 months.

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I didn’t care that my robe was open and you could see my chunky legs or the ugly hospital panties. 

All I cared about was that I was a mother now; and that I was head over heels in love with this little human.

I’m still not happy with my body and I still have days where I look in the mirror and whisper “ugh, this is what I look like now” under my breath. 

I am not happy with how my body looks but I am immensely grateful for what it has done. It grew a life out of a few cells. It labored for 26 hours and it was opened on a table to bring that life into this world.

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I share this photo because it’s REAL, beautiful, and in this moment I felt LOVE and happiness.

Wow, what a meaningful post.

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Lots of moms could relate to what Nat wrote.

They really appreciated her honesty and commended her on being so brave.


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