Getting pregnant is something that most married couples celebrate with joy and happiness. But it isn’t all sunshine and roses, mostly for the wife who’s body will slowly transform and change. Along with the pain and daily struggles, being pregnant can be pretty difficult. The hardest part is the birth itself, but afterward, there is still a lot of recovery time needed.
The traditional maternity leave lasts around 12 weeks, but some moms need a lot more time than that – even up to a year according to some experts. For people who haven’t experienced it, a year can seem like an incredibly long recovery time.
Until you actually go through pregnancy yourself, there’s no way to understand exactly all of the effects it has on your body. But an image has recently gone viral that shows exactly why some women need more time than others.
You might think it would be a disgusting picture, but it actually consists of nothing more than a paper plate and a tape measure. The plate is intended to show exactly how large and painful the wound left by your placenta can be.
Laura Fry originally posted this picture and came up with the comparison all by herself. Other pregnant mothers can empathize with the image and thousands of them decided to share it with their friends and family.
“22cm or 8.6 inches. That is the exact diameter of a paper plate, AKA the fine china in our house,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “It is also the average diameter of a placenta.”
She found that many people were unaware of just how damaging this can be to a mother. So Fry created this comparison to show people who can’t relate exactly how painful and damaging having a child can be. The least we can do is let them recover in their own time!
“After the baby is born, mothers are left with a wound on the inside of their uterus where the placenta was attached. The wound will take at least 4-6 weeks to completely heal,” Fry continued. “During that time they are still susceptible to infection and hemorrhaging.”
Her post resonated with her audience and soon it was shared over 15,000 times! Almost every single comment is complimentary and positive, a rare thing for Facebook these days!
“I wish someone would have shared this with me,” one commenter said. “I felt wonderful after a week and walked to the park… it took me twice as long to heal because of that one stupid walk. Hubbys, ask for help and MAKE THEM REST!”
After giving birth, it’s important for women to take it easy for around 4-6 weeks. Apparently doctors aren’t giving out this information enough, so hopefully, this post will help to spread the message across the web.
Husbands need to understand exactly what their wife has gone through, so make sure to share it around! This is yet another reason why paternity leave needs to be a thing as well – because taking care of a newborn is a two-person job for a month or two at least.
Do you agree?