As most mothers will tell you, pregnancy and childbirth are no walk in the park. Of course there are the obvious things everyone is wary of, like morning sickness and the actual pain of labor and childbirth. But then there are the things that aren’t discussed so much, like the changes in a woman’s body after giving birth and the terrible effects of postpartum depression (PPD). Alexandra Kilmurray, a 23-year-old mom from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is making an effort to change that.
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In the Instagram post below, Alexandra explains how no one warned her about “the dark sides of motherhood and pregnancy.” While Alexandra loves her two sons, it took her 18 months to love her body again after giving birth to them both within the same year.
Not only did Alexandra struggle with her body, she struggled with PPD. Alexandra gave birth to her first son in July of 2015 and became pregnant with her second son in October of 2015. The PPD combined with pregnancy hormones left her feeling exhausted and miserable.
Now, she’s sharing her story of body struggles and PPD with other moms so that they don’t feel alone. She wants them to know their feelings are valid, and that the best thing they can do is talk to someone about it. Read her story below:
Well, I know a lot of you guys are probably thinking ‘why would she post this picture,’ but it took me 18 months to get here, 18 months to finally feel beautiful in my own skin again!
No one warns you about the dark sides of motherhood and pregnancy… no one gives you a heads up on how much you change physically and mentally after you become a mother. It’s been a long and hard postpartum ride for me… 18 months after my first son and 5 months after my second son I feel like I can finally see the light and it genuinely feels amazing!
Cheers to you mamas who are battling postpartum depression and still getting up everyday for your children! Cheers to you mamas who still cry about the marks on your skin from birthing your perfect babies!
Cheers to motherhood, cheers to knowing that this too shall pass! And things will get better.
Kudos to Alexandra for being so open about with her story!
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