Amanda Bacon posted a photo of herself Wednesday to her Facebook page that she called “Motherhood uncensored.”
Give that woman the “Understatement of the Year” award.
The picture has generated more than 74,000 comments on the new mommy’s Facebook page because it shows something most women would never, EVER, put out there.
Bacon is wearing a “mom diaper” — a sanitary pad for postpartum bleeding — that she wore after giving birth to her son two weeks ago.
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Facebook users have rocketed that picture around the Internet, sharing it more than 95,000 times in less than 24 hours.
“Nothing says welcome to motherhood like an adorable squishy baby, and a giant mom diaper,” Bacon writes about the photo, which her husband snapped but she posted.
She decided to share it “because it’s real,” she writes.
“This is motherhood; it’s raw, stunning, messy, and freaking hilarious all rolled into one. Having a baby is a beautiful experience, and the realities of postpartum life aren’t spoken enough about. And definitely not photographed enough.”
Bacon thought that some people might find the image uncomfortable, but that’s not the tone of the overwhelmingly positive responses the photo has generated.
It’s so honest, other moms have commented.
It’s so brave of you, others have gushed.
It’s so bleepin’ hysterical, others have written, unleashing the smiley face emoticons.
Let’s be friends, many women have begged.
“Amanda Bacon is my new superhero,” parenting columnist Julie Scagell wrote for Babble. “I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of seeing moms posting pictures looking like they just stepped out of a salon in the hospital.
“Anyone who has experienced childbirth knows the process is less than glamorous. Why do some women feel the need to pretend otherwise? It breaks my heart.”
Bacon has been blown away by how many people have appreciated “the hilariously raw beauty that is postpartum life.”
“Holy. Freaking. Crap,” she posted on Thursday with a new photo, this one of herself holding new baby son Pierce, who is crying.
“Wow!!!! We’re both clearly overcome with joy from all the love, support and kind words. Well, at least one of us is. I think the other is just trying to take their morning poop. You guess which is which.”