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Daphne Oz blasts the "glossy" ideal of motherhood

Daphne Oz blasts the "glossy" ideal of motherhood

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Carolyn Robertson

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Daphne Oz is keeping it real.

Almost two months after welcoming her third child, daughter Domenica Celine, the author and TV host took to Instagram to share her very honest take on motherhood.

Daphne posted a bathroom selfie that shows her standing side profile in her underwear (see it here), a shot she captioned:

“seven weeks post partum, still looking three months pregnant there is no bounce-back, it’s all onwards and upwards. every day has moments of total splendor and also a decent number of WTFs. I especially want the new mamas out there to hear that, because we see so much of how glossy motherhood can be and not enough of how real 3D life is always complicated (and better for it). you’re experience will be just right for you. prepare to be amazed by some things and horrified by others. motherhood is as complex and wonderful as the woman. ❤️”

“Every day has moments of total splendor and also a decent number of WTFs.”

I think every new mom needs that needle-pointed on a pillow. Somewhere between splendor and WTF definitely sums up my experience of life with a newborn, though I think the scales tipped somewhat toward the latter in my case.

There often seems to be a pretty standard description of motherhood, particularly from celebrity moms. It goes something like this: “We’re over the moon and are loving every moment with our new baby.”

It’s very sweet, but… really? Maybe that is the way it goes for some new moms, but it doesn’t really jibe with my own story. Where are the bleeding nipples? The screaming baby? The self doubt? The utter exhaustion?

I love that Daphne Oz is being so honest here, it’s a perspective that I think a lot of moms can relate to. And it’s one we need to hear, loud and proud. It’s okay to look like you might still be pregnant after you’ve given birth. It’s okay to look around at your life and not quite recognize it. And it’s okay to wonder if any of it is normal.

It is normal. All of it.

Describe your experience as a new mom in three words?

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