Meet Alexandra Kilmurray.
With those gorgeous locks and flawless, fresh complexion, this beautiful mama appears to have it all together.
But in a recent Instagram post, she decided to get real and raw about the “dark sides of motherhood and pregnancy” that seem to be a taboo topic in today’s society.
If you want to post the picture-perfect, fun-loving moments with your babies that convey the overwhelming joy and privilege that is parenting, all is well and good.
But if you dare share the ugly side that loathes your tiger-striped stretch marks, spastic mom brain and postpartum depression that makes you question if you even want a baby AT ALL, you may just risk falling into that “horrible mother” category.
It is a battle so many women face, but so few feel empowered to make known.
Surprisingly enough, however, it is when those brave moms get honest enough to expose their struggles that they are set free and end up helping others in the process.
Nothing can prove that more than the powerful parenting message Alexandra shared along with this vulnerable depiction of her motherhood journey:
“Well, I know a lot of you guys are probably thinking ‘why would she post this picture’, but, it took me 18 months to get here, 18 months to not cry when I look in the mirror, 18 months to finally feel beautiful in my own skin again! No one warns you about the dark sides of motherhood and pregnancy.. no one gives you a heads up on how much you change physically and mentally after you become a mother. It’s been a long and hard postpartum ride for me.. 18 months after my first son and 5 months after my second son I feel like I can finally see the light ✨and it genuinely feels amazing💖 cheers to you mamas who are battling postpartum depression and still getting up everyday for your children! Cheers to you mamas who still cry about the marks on your skin from birthing your perfect babies! Cheers to motherhood, cheers to knowing that this too shall pass! And things will get better.” 💗
Alexandra’s message has now been shared and liked by over 160,000 moms who feel her journey of pain and triumph like it was their own.
Share her beautifully bittersweet story with your friends if it inspired you too! ❤️