The vast majority of women think it is time to share the unfiltered reality of parenthood.
There's no question pregnancy, giving birth, and settling in at home with a newborn can be a challenging time, with each person's individual journey differing.
But the results of a new survey undertaken by the team clothing brand Tu have revealed that many new mothers are pleased to see an honest picture of pregnancy and motherhood starting to become visible online, with nearly half of the U.K. women participating noting that they felt less pressured when they heard from other mums or pregnant women going through the same experience, and nearly 90 per cent responding that they shared details of their life online to help reassure new and expectant mothers.
In addition, a fifth of fifth of respondents revealed that they used social media to see post-partum bodies that "looked like mine", almost a quarter used it to ask for help from other women, whilst almost a fifth used it to see the reality of feeding.
"It's no surprise that what women want is to see honest and real versions of pregnancy and motherhood without the filter," said Ashley James, who has just released her 9 Months In, 9 Months Out Edit with Tu. "I found it so refreshing to see and hear first-hand experiences that talked about the highs but didn't shy away from the lows and the challenges. As a result, I want to share and pass on advice and tips from my own experience. A lot happens in nine months, both in and out! I get so many positive comments and questions every time I do, from questions on feeding, to body confidence."