“Value yourself for what the media doesn’t – your intelligence, your street smarts, your ability to play a kick-ass game of pool, whatever. So long as it’s not just valuing yourself for your ability to look hot in a bikini.” – @jessicavalenti – – I cannot, for the life of me, play a kick-ass game of pool. But I did have three babies and I think that’s about as kick-ass as it gets.👊🏼✨ @kylie.helmer #takebackpostpartum
“Can you feel this image? The fatigue, the weightiness, the exhaustion, the postpartum body still reeling from the effects of having been pregnant for so many months, reeling from the birth experience, reeling from the last 3 or 4 sleepless nights… The clothes that were worn in pregnancy are still clothing your body because you’re still swollen. Your innards haven’t yet moved back after baby left…. Baby gets a good latch, family leaves you alone for a brief heavenly period, and you close your eyes and completely submerge into sleep, it’s the only sleep you can get, even if it only lasts a few minutes. Gratitude swirls around you, for the partner who’s looking after food for the children, for the friends who drop off meals and herbs to support you, for the wind in the trees, that wafts in to your room and caresses your hot and sticky and cheesy skin and refreshes your mind and spirit… So much to be grateful for. So much to cry about. So much to smile about. So much to sleep off. 🌪🌟Birth is like being hit by a freight truck carrying life in all its madness. You survive the hit, but you’re covered in the madness of life.” 🌟🌪🌠🚚🎆 Words and image by @ellianagilbertphotography. #takebackpostpartum
For those who have experiences loss, we see you and you aren’t alone. _ By @cbrink47, “I know this sounds crazy, but this is one of my favorite pictures of me being a mother. Everly’s time was so short. I use to look at this photo and just see pain. But with time I see love. This was one of the hardest moments of my life yet I had this overcoming feeling of love mixed in with grief and loss. When I knew my time was limited with my daughter I had to fit in years and years worth of love. I feel that in this photo. It’s one of my strongest mommy moments. Saying goodbye.”
“No more bump shots so me and Margot have had a little selfie instead. One week postpartum and I can honestly say it’s been a lot harder than I ever thought. After having an emergency c-section and delivering Nellie 3 months early I though our full term, planned section would be a breeze. Well in no way have I “bounced back” like I did with Nellie. Will my belly button always look like a cats bum hole? 😆 It’s been a lot easier emotionally but I still cry at least once a day over absolutely nothing and man my poor boobies are running like taps, everything is soaked in breast milk, Margot loves a comfort feed so I’ve spent the last 7 days with her hanging of my nipple whilst contending with Nellie and now this silly blood pressure problem. How an earth do you mummas with more than two do it? Not that I would have it any other way, I’m still utterly and blissfully in baby paradise. There really is nothing I’d rather be doing than mothering my two girls.” @sageandnellie . . . #postpartum #1weekold #1weekpostpartum #4thtrimester #newborn #babygirl #toddlermum #mumoftwo #takebackpostpartum
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