Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Woman’s brutally honest post about realities of childbirth and motherhood

becki pope.jpg

So, you’ve given birth but what next? What about the things your baby books didn’t tell you?

Well, one new mother has taken matters into her own hands and written a Facebook post listing the “20 things to know when you’ve just pushed out a baby”. 

Known as ‘Mummy Mumbles’ online, Becki Pope, decided to share everything she has learnt since giving birth – from how to cope with your first post-birth ‘wee’ to feeling like your baby hates you.

And the  online community of mums is clearly grateful. Just 24 hours after Becki first published the comical list on the 24th of August, it had been shared over 55,000 times and the figure has now reached over 78,000. 

The post manages to inject some humour into what is, at times, quite a terrifying insight into the daily life of a new parent.

Beginning with hospital life, the mother-of-one talks about the pain, the problems with going to the toilet and how your first shower will “be like a scene from Carrie.”

She also warns of the notorious hospital photographer: “There are people who can smell your vulnerability. They will take photos of your baby looking cute and then try and charge you a million pounds for it.”


Read: “Why do we insist of judging women’s motherhood choices?”


The realities of a post-pregnancy body are also eloquently explained: “Your tummy is now resembling a balloon that’s slowly deflating and feeling very sorry for itself.”

Her post ends with a reassuring piece of advice for anyone struggling with the initial stages of motherhood: “Stop worrying. You’re not superwoman. There is no such thing as normal… or perfect. You are your baby’s normal. You are your baby’s perfect.”

The mummy blogger still vehemently believes that childbirth won’t hold you back “there is nothing you can’t do” she tells those reading, “except sleep. You can’t do that anymore.”

But perhaps best of all, Becki debunks the myth that you are obligated to believe that your baby is the most beautiful infant of all time: “Your baby looks weird. Like... Really weird. 'Oh how cute/such a beautiful baby' etc. will be said at you and you'll accept other people's opinions, but to you it looks like a hairless slightly purple old granddad with dried blood and skin stuck to its wrinkly face.”

Feature image credit: Becki Pope, Facebook

Related

rexfeatures_5828334cs.jpg

Rio 2016: Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill defends mums from body-shamers

megan fox baby boy name.jpg

Megan Fox chooses unusual name for newborn baby boy

blake lively.jpg

Blake Lively slams “unfair” pressure on new mums to lose weight

contraceptive-pill.jpg

There’s an unexpected health benefit to being on the Pill

bridget book x 3

Bridget Jones’s Baby: Helen Fielding reveals major news

lena-dunham-insta.JPG

Why Lena Dunham shared a photo of her pregnancy tests on Instagram

More

Dame Helen Mirren has her say on Ivanka and Melania Trump

She’s not one to bite her tongue

by Susan Devaney
16 Aug 2017

These are the most-searched gender-neutral baby names in the UK

Parents are increasingly leaning towards androgynous names, according to new research.

by Moya Crockett
16 Aug 2017

How to stop negative news stories impacting your mental health

14 ways to stay calm when the world’s headlines trigger your anxiety

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Aug 2017

Cadbury coated Oreos are a thing and they look ridiculously good

Oreo addicts, this is essential reading

by Megan Murray
16 Aug 2017

Everything we know so far about The Handmaids Tale 2

Here’s what we can expect to happen in the second series

16 Aug 2017

Customers refuse to tip waitress after spotting her pro-LGBT tattoo

“Can’t tip someone who doesn’t love Jesus”

by Susan Devaney
16 Aug 2017

The most uplifting tweets about the Charlottesville violence

Obama's message became the most liked tweet in history

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Aug 2017

Game of Thrones fans, could this be Cersei’s secret son?

Read on at your own peril…

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Aug 2017

Woman sparks debate after complaining about “cheap” engagement ring

How much is not enough?

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Aug 2017

Sex toy reviewer is a job and it pays £28,000 (with unlimited holiday)

Get paid to do something you really love: you

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Aug 2017