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03-02-2016

So That’s How The Body Looks 24 Hours After Birth! (THE PHOTO ON PAGE 2)

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A new mother has chosen to share some photographs and comments online. There is nothing unusual about that, you might think. However, there was no body shame for this new mum: her barely clothed picture, taken just hours after the birth of her child, has gone viral.

Every mother feels somewhat delicate when she has just given birth. This is known as the postpartum phase. It is usually a intimate time and is therefore rarely photographed. Rather than hiding away, however, American mother Erica turned convention on its head to show herself to the world during this precious time. Her striking Instagram post quickly went viral.

Erica Andrews’ new baby Silas Ambrose is her fifth child. She has four other children aged three, five, eleven, and thirteen. Erica expects that this will be her final pregnancy, so she decided to capture this unique moment that will never return by posing for a selfie. This stylish black and white image shows Erica breast-feeding her new baby in front of a mirror, with her post-pregnancy belly visible above sensible large knickers. Her post instantly resonated with mothers across the world.

As might be imagined, the post was an instant hit and has received millions of views and shares.

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Many mothers responded by sharing their own postpartum photos. However, it seems that what Erica had written actually touched more people than the photos themselves. She wrote:

“This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like. Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow.

My body feels like it ran a marathon and my heart is wide open from yesterday's travels. Birth opens us like an earthquake opens the earth and I am still in the intimate, fragile throes of that opening. I feel raw. Emotional. Different. I feel like I'm on the undulating surface of the rippling ocean being tossed back and forth between happiness, gratitude, melancholy, and grief..." CONTINUE ON THE NEXT PAGE…
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