What 24 hours postpartum looks like

Erica Andrews describes what postpartum feels like through a selfie. "Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow."

She described the emotional changes felt in the moment:

"My body feels like it ran a marathon and my heart is wide open from yesterday's travels. Birth opens us like an earthquake opens the earth and I am still in the intimate, fragile throes of that opening. I feel raw. Emotional. Different. 23 hours ago I held life within and 24 hours ago I surged and transformed allowing life to flow through me, into my waiting hands. The emptiness in my womb brings a heavy feeling crashing into reality but then this new little life whimpers, searching for the breast with soft rooting, and I feel whole again."

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