Once a new baby comes along, most of us are left feeling totally knackered, right?
We might spend the first few days (at least) after birth in our dressing gown, full make-up becomes a distant memory and the idea of getting a full night’s sleep EVER again seems like a pipe dream.
So we LOVE this honest account of being a new mum, from blogger Mel Watts aka The Modern Mumma, who’s taken to Instagram to share a really raw selfie – and wrote a super-real comment to accompany it – about how many of us really feel after having a baby.
And nope – snapping back into our pre-baby body shape so ain’t the priority for most of us…
“In the last 9 months I have never slept so little in my life. In the last nine months I have suffered my worst anxiety I have ever experienced.
“Having a new baby is exhausting and life just doesn’t stop. The bills still need to be paid, groceries still need to be purchased and the pressure you put on yourself is overwhelming.
“We expect ourselves to know what we’re doing all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or if it’s your third you’re still learning daily. The first 9 months of your baby’s life is filled with guessing, rocking, smiling and crying.
“The amount of pressure we put ourselves isn’t fair.
“We aren’t invincible. We’re humans and we’re mothers. It’s okay to have days that you don’t feel good enough.
It’s okay to feel like you have no idea what day it is. You’ve got this. We’ve got this. Some women seem to have it all.
“Well so we think. Some women don’t. I don’t. I didn’t have the motivation to even get dressed for the first 9 months let alone get my pre-baby body back. And that’s ok. If you do have the motivation good on you!
“Life challenges us daily. We are given new obstacles every single day. There’s always tomorrow!”
Mel’s upfront post has had loads of support from her fans, one mum saying:
“Love this, so true!!! So glad there are mothers out there saying [it’s] not all rainbows ‘n’ butterflies, pretending everything [is] amazing.”
And another fan – who doesn’t have kids – agreed:
“I’m not a mum but I feel like women who post things like this prepare me for when I am. I think you look amazing. I really really do.”
Fair do’s to Mel for telling it how it is and not sugar-coating how tough it can be when you bring a little human into the world.
Oh – and we think you look awesome, too ?