‘This Is Motherhood’: New Mom Amanda Bacon Sports Adult Diaper After Giving Birth, Shows Raw Side Of Postpartum Care

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Women are getting candid about their post-pregnancy bodies, and everyone is here for it.

The latest “honest mom superhero,” according to HelloGiggles, is Amanda Bacon. The 28-year-old recently posted a photo of her husband holding their newborn on Facebook, only in the background you can clearly see Bacon is in a diaper too. In her caption, Bacon poignantly explains that “this is motherhood; it’s raw, stunning, messy, and freaking hilarious all rolled into one.”

Jennifer Johnson can relate — as can celebrities Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen, who have all recently talked about their post-partum problems. In a post for Parenting, Johnson said she wished someone had told her to buy diapers for both her and her baby after giving birth. Her bladder capacity wasn’t the same, and she “had a humbling experience when I was filling up for gas and the urge to pee hit me.”

If it’s not an uncontrollable urge to urinate, Self reported that it could be lochia, a fancy way of saying vaginal discharge. It’s a common side effect that begins shortly after a baby is born, not unlike a woman’s usual menstrual period, except over the course of the week, discharge changes from bright red, to pink, brown, yellow, or white. This is why hospitals send women home with pads, disposable mesh, underwear, and yes, adult diapers.

Since most women seem to be unaware of this, Bacon wanted to help shed some light on the reality of post-partum care. She told Self that the photo was the best way to show that things get messy even after the baby has arrived. And she encourages other women to not take themselves so seriously, given that “it’s all just par for the course.”

Based on the amount of shares and likes her original photo has gotten thus far — 532,000 and more than 126,000, respectively — we think others appreciate her message.

“Everybody’s been really supportive, and a lot of women say they had no clue,” she told Self. “A lot of women are reminiscing on when they had a baby and wore the panties, so it seems like a really encouraging response so far.”

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