Every woman who’s given birth can tell you this about pregnancy — it definitely isn’t always pretty.
However, for those who aren’t moms, social media can sometimes give them the wrong idea about what those long nine months are really like. That’s why when mom-of-two Maya Vorderstrasse was pregnant with her youngest daughter, she decided to give people a more accurate picture of what carrying a child is all about in a series of funny and telling photos.
“Honestly I was so tired of seeing motherhood portrayed as perfect, flawless, and effortless on social media because I never felt like it was like that for me,” she told The Huffington Post.
“So I embraced my chaotic life, and decided to share it with everyone in the hopes of helping other mothers realize that it’s OK to not have it all figured out.”
When you’re this pregnant, relieving yourself a million times a day is pretty much the norm.
As is feeling a little angry toward your partner…
But hey, at least there’s ice cream, right?
Not having to wear pants is a pretty nice perk as well.
Being tired all the time, on the other hand, absolutely sucks…
…which is why Dad’s feedback isn’t always needed.
Though Vorderstrasse had already given birth before, she went through the fear that all moms experience toward the ends of their pregnancy — how was she going to push out something the size of a watermelon?!
But she did it…
…and gave birth to Hazel Marcela on August 3.
However, the “fun” didn’t stop there, especially considering that she has another one-year-old daughter named Zoey.
Breastfeeding was another hell in and of itself for Vorderstrasse…
…as were the raging postpartum hormones.