Blogger Ruth Lee, 25, recently took to her Instagram to post something aside from her typical beauty-centric content; a picture of what her stomach looked like just a few days after giving birth to her daughter. The new mom explains that she had a "traumatic labor" followed by a cesarean section, and after childbirth she had "scars, stretch marks, and unfortunately the inability to breastfeed long term." She struggled to cope with the changes in the body, and began to suffer from postpartum depression.
Lee's goal in sharing this photo was to give other new moms and moms-to-be a "real" look at what pregnancy can do to a woman's body and show them that they are not alone if they struggle in body-confidence issues after birth. Over 4,000 people have like Lee's photo, with many moms thanking her for sharing her journey and being honest. She also posts humorous pictures for other mom's to relate too.