Jessica Simpson is wearing what under her sweats?
There's the magazine cover photo of the new celebrity mom glowing as she looks down at the beautiful, sleeping baby in her arms—and then there's real life.
In real life, postpartum mothers are just as likely to be wearing diapers as their babies are, and bumps need months to deflate.
That's why we're so grateful for the way celebrities are ditching damaging narratives about postpartum perfection and embracing the messy authenticity of new motherhood. Thanks to these modern mamas, the rest of us are seeing our own experiences reflected in pop culture, and that lets us know we're not alone.
Here's to all the high profile mamas keeping it real in mesh panties, hospital gowns + girdles (because we're doing the same).
Hilary Duff kept it real about her home birth and also about her decision to stop breastfeeding.
"I am a working mom of two. My goal was to get my little girl to six months and then decide if I (and her of course) wanted to keep going. Let me tell you. Pumping at work sucks," Duff wrote on Instagram.
Breastfeeding and pumping are not easy and Duff was tired of taking fenugreek and "smell[ing] like maple syrup and rubber gloves." So it was time for her to do what was right for her, and that's the kind of real-life decision moms have to make every day.
Cheers to keeping it real, mamas!