Woman's inspiring photo reveals realities of postnatal depression

A mother of two is making headlines after sharing her experience of the "dark side" of motherhood.

Alexandra Kilmurray is inspiring women with an Instagram post about suffering with postnatal depression. 

In a photo shared with her 2,000 Instagram followers, Alexandra posted a photo of her baby boy and the stretch marks on her stomach, which she says took her 18 months to love.

"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!" she wrote.
 

 

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! Cheer to motherhood, cheers to knowing that this too shall pass! And things will get better?? #motherhood #breastmilk #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #mommyandme #tigerstripes #postpartum #postpartumdepression #babies #mombod #proud #inlove

A photo posted by Alexandra Kilmurray (@alexandrabrea_) on

The photo has since gone viral, with multiple media outlets publishing the image and Alexandra's story.

"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," Alexandra said.

"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."

Alexandra, who is from Florida, signed off her post with a toast to other mothers out there:

"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."

In Australia, it is estimated that 1 in 7 new mothers will experience postnatal depression. According to Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA), postnatal depression is an "under-reported epidemic" with 47,000 female and 29,000 male sufferers.

For those who need help, called the PANDA National Helpline, 1300 726 306, or Lifeline on 13 11 14. 

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