For too long, new moms' postpartum lives have been a rare topic of discussion.
It was considered taboo to talk about anything other than how absolutely elated you were to bring new life into the world.
Thankfully, women like Ruth Lee are breaking down these outdated barriers and sharing the real, and sometimes inevitable, struggles that come with new motherhood.
Lee, 25, gave birth to baby Presley back in November 2016.
Two weeks ago, in a raw, honest Instagram post, she shared a picture of what her stomach looked like just a few days after welcoming her newborn into the world.
Lee always knew she wanted to have a natural childbirth. She spent the entirety of her pregnancy preparing for that fateful day, reading every book she could on the subject, taking pre-natal classes, going to the gym and using "every kind of stretch mark prevention."
But, as the saying goes, life doesn't care about your plans.
She wrote in the post,
Not only was Lee overwhelmed by the unexpected turnout of her birth, but she now had to grapple with her new body and self-image.
At the time she took the picture of her stomach, Lee was just beginning to notice the signs of her postpartum depression.
Speaking on the condition of her post-baby body, she said,
Lee wants other women to know it's OK to feel like you can't bounce back right away after giving birth. It's OK to need a little time and help from others.
Lee continues to share side-by-side pictures on social media, showing her body before and after giving birth in an effort to promote body positivity for new moms everywhere.