Lauren Parsekian’s honest post about the highs and lows of becoming a new mum is so relatable.
For many new mums, reality really starts to hit once their baby is born. Things have been no different for Lauren, who is wife to Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. The couple welcomed their first child together, a baby daughter, just last month. The actress has posted several doting pictures of her newborn since on Instagram.
But in her latest post she explains feeling personally responsible to highlight the best and worst moments of becoming a mum so far.
Sharing a sweet snap of her baby girl, the 31-year-old explains in the photo’s caption that while she is over the moon to have become a mother and loves her daughter beyond words, but she also wants to raise awareness about the struggles a new mum can face.
Lauren’s lengthy Instagram post began: ‘I always heard things like ‘you have never known a love like this’ or ‘it’s like your heart is living outside your chest’ from different parents while I was pregnant.’
‘It was hard for me to wrap my head around how deep that love could really be. Well, it’s all true. She is everything. My world. Sometimes I just stare at her and cry over how precious and pure she is.’
The 31-year-old continued: ‘But let me also talk about some other real stuff here. This post labor chapter has been rough at times. Recovering from labor is no joke. I’m definitely on the mend in that department but…breastfeeding. Oh man.
‘While it’s been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life, I have developed Mastitis twice within 3 weeks.’
Mastitis occurs when the mammary glands inside a woman’s breast become infected. It is common in women who breastfeed and can cause the breasts to become sore, inflamed and hard-feeling. Women can also experience flu-like symptoms with headaches and an aching body.
Speaking about her experience with mastitis Lauren explained: ‘Yesterday I was fighting a fever that almost hit 104. It was the sickest I have ever felt. The pain and aches were unbelievable. For the mammas who have been there, I know you feel me.’
Lauren continued: ‘What I keep coming back to is the fact that I feel like all these very common issues that can come up immediately after having a baby are not really talked about and being here now, I’m feeling a responsibility to share this so that any new mamma-to-be reading this is aware of these potential issues.’
Offering her advice to new mums Lauren suggests getting well-educated when it comes to breastfeeding.
She said: ‘Take a class, do your research or have conversations with other mothers. There are so many things that can happen…an oversupply of milk leading to infection, your baby having trouble latching, having an undersupply… being aware of this will be so helpful so that you will know how to avoid or handle these things.’
Finishing her post Lauren reiterates that new mums are not alone and gives a special mention to all the single parents raising a child who she calls ‘actual superhero[es]’.
Several of Lauren’s 545,000 followers thanked the new mum for her honesty and for raising awareness about the good and bad times of motherhood.
One person commented: ‘Thank you so much for sharing. Breastfeeding is very physically and emotionally draining, but I am so happy to be able to do it for my daughter.’
Another added: ‘Thank you for acknowledging those postpartum issues that many people never talk about publicly and can often lead to depression and isolation.’
While a third said: ‘I Love this!!!! Thank you for that advice, I am a new mother to be and I’m a little nervous, but I know it will all be worth it in the end!!!’