My Post-Partum Chronicles: Embracing the Real, Raw, and Relatable

I’m about to take a deep dive into the unfiltered reality of post-partum life. Let's get real, personal, and embrace the messy, beautiful chaos that comes with being a new mom.

Here's my heartfelt diary-style account of the physical and mental effects that nobody seems to talk about but every mom secretly experiences.

Physiological Surprises: The Battle with My Body 🌸

Hormonal Acne Strikes Again: Just when I thought I bid farewell to my teenage breakouts, hormones had other plans… not only has my face become a canvas for random pimples, but now my back. As if my post-baby glow needed some extra "character." It took a major toll on me and added just a bit of extra stress. After scheduling facials every other week (might I add, bringing my baby with me) and adding things to my diet, I think I finally broke the code to minimizing (not clearing) my zits. Although looking at myself in the mirror is hard during this time, at least my baby looks at me like I’m the greatest thing to ever live. And that’s something I’d never trade for the world.

Eau de Mama: Body odor, you sneaky companion, why must you make yourself known at the most inconvenient times? Lemme tell you… the BO post-labor ain’t a joke. These hormonal changes are crazy! As someone who carry’s perfume and deodorant with them at all times because I hate not being to smell myself… I don’t know how to properly describe this for you all. I didn’t know I was capable of smelling like that!

Cravings and the Never-Ending Snack Hunt: Forget about the pregnancy cravings... It's as if my taste buds have a direct line to my baby's demands. It’s a bit hard to find time to eat when you’re a new mama, but that doesn’t mean your cravings vanish. You crave snacks more than meals and these snacks are basically whatever you can get your hands on. Whether it's a craving for random chips and dip or a sudden obsession with anything spicy, I've learned to embrace the weird and indulge without guilt.

Emotional Whirlwind: Navigating the Depths of My Heart 🎭

Always "On" and the Exhaustion Tango: My sweet little one has turned my world upside down, demanding my attention 24/7. And let’s not forget, the toughest child of all… YOUR PARTNER. From keeping a smile on and blabbering about nothing to your new life and/or keeping your partner’s tummy full and giving endless back scratches. But amid the exhaustion, there's an inexplicable joy in knowing that I'm the superhero.

Leaky Nipples and Unexpected Wet T-Shirts: Breastfeeding is a beautiful, intimate connection with my baby. Yet, it comes with unexpected leaks that can catch me off guard. It’s like the cut out shirts from Mean Girls but with a whole new twist. At least I know when my baby is hungry, right?

Tears That Flow Like a River: Some days, the tears seem to fall for no reason at all. I find myself crying over spilled milk (literally) or a random word. Hormones have transformed me into a human waterfall. I cry all the time — for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Normal, right?

Remember, mama, you're not alone. Every new mom experiences these quirks, and it's okay to feel overwhelmed or unsure at times. At least that’s what I tell myself. Find solace in connecting with other moms who've been there and build a supportive network. I don’t know where I’d be without my mommy best friend. Embrace the imperfections and cherish the beautiful moments that motherhood brings. Just a little reminder that we’re superheroes.