A mom from Ohio is drawing attention to something that many women struggle with after giving birth but tend not to discuss openly. Kathy DiVincenzo posted photos to Facebook that show the realities of postpartum depression, and the post has since gone viral.
May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month, which inspired DiVincenzo to share two photos of her and her kids. The photos depict two different versions of the same scene — one in which everything appears to be perfect, and the other showing the actual realities of motherhood coupled with postpartum depression.
Along with her photographer friend Danielle Fantis, DiVincenzo wanted to depict an honest portrayal of what it’s like living with this condition.
“I feel like it’s time to show you what that can really look like, not just the side of me that’s ‘Facebook worthy’,” DiVincenzo wrote in her caption. “The truth is, both of these pictures represent my life depending on the day. I would only ever comfortably share one of these realities though and that’s the problem. The only thing more exhausting than having these conditions is pretending daily that I don’t.”
DiVincenzo told Huffington Post that she dealt with postpartum depression after her first child was born. But she had an even harder time with it when her second child arrived. She recently reached out for help, and she wanted to share her story to potentially help other women.