I’ve never been pregnant, but I can imagine that one frustrating aspect of pregnancy is social media–specifically, the way so many people depict their own pregnancies as super easy and effortless.
So when Maya Vorderstrasse got pregnant a second time, she decided to flip the script. On her Instagram page, she documented weeks 27 to 40 by posing next to a letter board detailing her trials and tribulations, all with complete honesty and a sense of humor.
“Honestly I was so tired of seeing motherhood portrayed as perfect, flawless, and effortless on social media because I never felt like it was like that for me,” she told The Huffington Post. “So I embraced my chaotic life, and decided to share it with everyone in the hopes of helping other mothers realize that it’s OK to not have it all figured out.”
And while getting pregnant comes with all sorts of challenges, Maya makes sure to show the rewarding side, too, with plenty of pictures of her newborn daughter.
If you’ve been pregnant, you’ll definitely find something in here to relate to, and if you like what you see, you should definitely check out Maya’s Instagram.