The days of keeping one's privates under wraps are long gone. Not only are celebrities featuring their baby bumps and breastfeeding journeys on social media, they are also exposing motherhood in all its (not so glam) glory and quite frankly, they have our attention.
Recently a number of celebrities have yielded to the idyllic perception of perfection, often bestowed upon them. By openly expressing to the world that motherhood is not the bliss and wonder they anticipated, they are dispelling myths and breaking down barriers on a very intimate level. Despite how profound, dejected or disheartening the circumstances are - fans are thrilled to be able to empathize.
The Washington Post revealed that Cardi B and Serena Williams (amongst so many others) are changing the game by getting real. Their very raw and candid approach to motherhood marks a monumental breakthrough in social media content - it’s truly cutting edge. Tangible adversity more than resonates with new moms as they re-share the toilsome reality that exists not just in their humble worlds but within the of the exalted realm of celebrity status.
Cardi B., 25-year-old rap superstar admits to underestimating motherhood. She initially revealed her pregnancy during a performance on Saturday Night Live and nearly broke the internet! Following, Cardi B landed an opening slot on the Bruno Mars upcoming world tour but merely two weeks after she gave birth to a baby girl, she made a shocking announcement - Cardi B was dropping out of the fall tour. The "Bickenhead" rapper took to Instagram to sa that she's decided to stay back with newborn daughter Kulture. "I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically. I also thought that I'd be able to bring her with me on tour," Cardi wrote. "But I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing." In true Cardi B fashion, she continues to give her millions of followers something to talk about - a refreshingly unfiltered, real look at her life as a mom. Vogue describes it as a next level postpartum truth, coupled with outrageous delivery.
Another massive name, Serena Williams, has also been bold in sharing her vulnerable side. Often described as a warrior on the tennis court, the extraordinary athlete has humbly realized that the breed of strength it takes to be a mother is nothing short of miraculous.
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Kids humble us. The other day on a flight home Olympia had so much energy and insisted on running up and down the aisle. When I finally got her to calm down and sit still, she threw up all over me and in the aisle. #ThisMama wants to remind all mothers the importance of supporting one another through the highs, lows, laughs and tears. _ Share your own stories of motherhood with hashtag #ThisMama. I’d love to hear them!
Vogue reveals the intimate details of how Williams continues to break new-mom stereotypes on Instagram. In a 2018 cover story, Serena shared the details the difficult birth of her daughter, Olympia. Health challenges arose as soon as she delivered baby Alexis - she was delivered by emergency Caesarean section after her heart rate became extremely low during contractions. However, once the new mum recovered after a terrifying six days, motherhood did not get easier. Serena admitted to hitting some extreme low periods.
Serena exposed the enduring challenges a woman can go through even months after becoming a mother, to her 9 million Instagram followers. “It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” she admitted. Furthermore, the superstar expressed her feelings about her not so postpartum slump. “I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with,” She continued writing. “I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal.” “Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes,” she writes. “I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week—it’s ok—I am, too!!! There’s always [tomorrow]!”
Although Cardi B and Serena, along with many celebrities, are helping to diminish the stigma attached to motherhood by connecting with other mothers to help them on their journey as well - one can’t help but hope that they too are restoring faith and confidence in themselves at the same time.