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This Mom Shared What Her Body Looked Like Just 24 Hours After Giving Birth

"Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow."

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Last week, Ohio lifestyle photographer Erica Andrews gave birth to her fifth child at home. Less than a day later, still reeling from the experience, she uploaded a raw selfie to her Instagram account.

Erica Andrews / Via instagram.com

"I was navigating those crazy waters of immediate postpartum and knowing this is my last baby and last time to feel and look this way, I wanted to capture it," Andrews explained to BuzzFeed.

"This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like," the accompanying caption reads. "Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow."

Elizabeth Nihiser / Via Instagram: @laughing.moon

The update continues:

"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. I feel like I'm on the undulating surface of the rippling ocean being tossed back and forth between happiness, gratitude, melancholy, and grief.

"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.

"I am still processing the beautiful transition my whole family has traveled through and I am in complete awe of our strength as humans, women, and mothers. This time is simply unlike any other. #fourthtrimester"

The photo sparked an outpouring of appreciation from other mothers, but it wasn't until the baby-sling manufacturer Sakura Bloom shared the image on their own Facebook page that it truly exploded.

Facebook: sakurabloom

By Thursday morning, the photo had been shared nearly 34,000 times and garnered close to 130,000 likes.

The photographer continued: "Standing there that night looking at myself in the mirror, I fell in love with my body. It has grown, carried, birthed, and fed five beings. I felt called to share its beauty with my amazing Instagram friends and followers."

"You see things like this happen on social media daily and I never thought it would be an image of me...let alone an image so intimate...but knowing that so many mothers have resonated with the image and/or words has made it worth it."