Supermodel, author, designer and new mom Ashley Graham has never been one to shy away from taboo topics. We love when celeb mamas are honest about what they don’t show on social media—especially when it helps others who have gone through similar struggles.
In a recent episode of Skimm’d from The Couch, the mom to 9-month-old Isaac opened up about her pregnancy and how “interesting” the experience was. What a nice way of putting it!
“I wasn’t trying to get pregnant. But I wasn’t not trying to get pregnant. And I started rapidly gaining weight. And I was like, ‘What is going on?’ And sure enough it was like, ‘Oh, I’m pregnant.’” Ashley told theSkimm. “It was a journey. And I did not like it. I really didn’t. I hated every part of it. I felt really crazy. I felt emotional. There was an emotional roller coaster at every knock. I cried a lot. I laughed a lot, too. But my laughing turned into crying. I was really all over the place.”
You’re not alone, Mama. While some women “glow” all three trimesters, others don’t have it so easy, whether it’s due to pregnancy complications, emotional ups and downs or reproductive trauma. Ashley has shared her experience with “pre-partum depression” openly in the past, and we’re all better for it.
Often, what we see on social media couldn’t be further from the truth. This is why we’re so glad this mama—who was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue mid-pregnancy—was raw and honest about her pregnancy. The mom also opened up about why she keeps Isaac’s face off of her social feeds: “Being a mom, I have realized that there are some things that I just wanna keep for me and [hubby] Justin. There’s intimacy that doesn’t need to be shared with the world. And it’s been something that we’ve kind of gone back and forth with. But I’m really glad because he’s ours. You know, and maybe one day the world will really get to know him.”
She’s not the only mom in the limelight to open up about enduring a difficult pregnancy. Comedian Amy Schumer and the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, both struggled publicly with hyperemesis gravidarum, a pregnancy complication characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss and dehydration. Recently, supermodel Chrissy Teigen shared photos of her pregnancy loss to Instagram, grief, tears, tubes and all.
If anything, these moms shedding light on the not-so-pretty sides of pregnancy and birth are a message to all of the women who feel isolated. Their bravery in sharing their stories screams loud and clear: You’re not the only one. And that alone can be what gives light to moms facing their darkest days.
In case you didn’t love Ashley Graham enough, the barrier-breaking mom has gone viral in the past for sharing her post-birth disposable undies pic and for changing her baby’s diaper on the floor of a Staples. She’s the queen of keeping it real. And to that, we say: thank you, Ashley!