It Took This Woman 18 Months To Post This Picture, But Her Reason Is So Important

"I know a lot of you guys are probably thinking, 'why would she post this picture?'"

This new mom is reminding women they don't have to feel guilty about not loving their postpartum bodies

Mommy blogger Alexandra Kilmurray recently shared a photo of her postpartum stomach along with some encouraging words for fellow moms who are finding it difficult to love their bodies after giving birth. In the Instagram post, Kilmurray, a mom of two sons, an 18 month old and 5-and-a-half month-old, opened up about some of the darker sides of motherhood that people don't often talk about. That includes postpartum depression, a mental disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 7 moms

"It took me 18 months to get here, 18 months to not cry when I look in the mirror, 18 months to finally feel beautiful in my own skin again! No one warns you about the dark sides of motherhood and pregnancy," Kilmurray wrote. "No one gives you a heads up on how much you change physically and mentally after you become a mother." 

She hoped other moms would read about her experience and realize that they're not alone. 

"It's been a long and hard postpartum ride for me. Eighteen 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," she continued. "Cheers to you mamas who are battling postpartum depression and still getting up everyday [sic] for your children! Cheers to you mamas who still cry about the marks on your skin from birthing your perfect babies! Cheer to motherhood, cheers to knowing that this too shall pass! And things will get better." 

Kilmurray shared these encouraging words in order to inspire other mothers dealing with postpartum depression and to show them that they too can get through this tough time. 

"I wish that I would have known that there is more than just feeling in love when you have your baby, there are a lot of other feelings when you enter motherhood," she told The Huffington Post. "When I had my babies I felt so guilty for feeling other feelings besides love. I wish I would have known that all the feelings I was feeling were valid, they were OK!"

It may not have been easy for her to share this post, but 5,300 people who have "liked" it so far and it's incredibly important for women to discuss postpartum issues openly and honestly. More expecting parents and new moms need to know that postpartum depression is common and there are many ways to get the support they need to get through it. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression, you can find local support groups and resources by visiting Postpartum Support International's website or calling 1-800-944-4773.

(H/T: Huffington Post

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