Since then, followers have been keeping up with Jorstad (who moved to Denmark from her homeland of Norway last year), her husband Anders, and their two-year-old son, Mikael. That includes both the highs (their wedding day, ultrasounds, sunny afternoons in Copenhagen) and the lows (a nasty belly rash, feeling homesick for Norway, an unexpected trip to the hospital).
The photos that attracted the most attention and praise were the ones showing the dramatic growth of her belly. So, Jorstad figured, why not continue to be real about her experience after giving birth too?
Sharing the photos of herself postpartum felt like a natural continuation of the journey Jorstad has been on with followers over the past year.”I now have a really weird looking hanging belly, which is still quite heavy,” she wrote at the one-week mark. “My uterus has not shrinked back yet. Because my belly was so stretched it takes longer than usual.”
She posted a third photo one month after giving birth. “I still have a weird looking hanging belly, and I am a bit surprised it has not gotten smaller since my last picture three weeks ago,” she said in the caption. “Kind of disappointing I must admit, and I am not too happy to share this picture. On the positive side the c-section scar doesn’t hurt anymore, and in the last two days I’ve almost felt like myself again!”
“In the comments, so many people have said they also had this big belly for weeks and weeks and were hiding it and didn’t feel good about it,” she says. Many commenters even expressed gratitude for the unfiltered look at new motherhood, like this one: “Love your honesty! We need more of that when it comes to postpartum struggles!”
People are also grateful that Jorstad didn’t sugarcoat her frustration with the way her body looks after birth. “Thanks for sharing your feelings too, since it makes me feel better that other moms feel the same way,” one person commented.