Audrey Roloff Candidly Reveals Her Postpartum Struggles Days after Giving Birth to Baby Bode in a Lengthy Post

Audrey Roloff is getting candid about her postpartum struggles as she described it as “hard.”

Nothing beats the joy of welcoming a child, but along with that happiness comes challenges, and Audrey Roloff knows all about it. 

Audrey Roloff celebrates her new book 'A Love Letter Life' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on April 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. |Photo: Getty Images

Audrey Roloff celebrates her new book 'A Love Letter Life' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on April 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. |Photo: Getty Images

The new mother-of-one opened up about her postpartum struggles in an Instagram post. Yesterday, Audrey shared a heartwarming mirror selfie and her cradling baby Bode while she flaunted her huge stomach in a cropped shirt and joggers ensemble. 

In the accompanying caption, Audrey explained that although the past week has been “filled with newborn snuggles and heartwarming moments,” it also had its challenging times.

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Just keepin it real over here 👋🏻 while this past week has been full of newborn snuggles and heart melting moments... it’s also been really hard. With Ember and Bode I had really great pregnancies and labor/delivery experiences (will share Bode’s birth story on the podcast @behindthescenespodcast soon😍) but once that 4th trimester hits😅 my body just gets hit hard with all the things... Thankfully this time I could draw from past experience and fought off getting mastitis 5 days postpartum like last time🙈 Still... my milk comes in fast and furious, both my babies chomped my nipples to shreds on day one, and my milk is the brevé kind🤣 so engorgement is at least 5x my normal bra size... Thankfully, Mr. 9 pounder Bode boy is a much more efficient eater than Ember girl was (he was already back at his birth weight by 5 days old!) Along with the booby pains... there’s the stitches and other pains “down there”, the body aches/light headedness (I hemmoraged pretty bad this time) the pelvic bones that feel broken, the postpartum contractions (so much worse with second baby😆) sore muscles from labor, etc. I share all this because I don’t think enough people share about their postpartum journey. We are so excited to share birth stories and document our whole pregnancies but then postpartum hits and nothing... I wish someone would have better prepared me the first time around or been more honest about all the after-birth pains. So here I am 👋🏻showing up with my 1 week postpartum belly exposed and telling you my body hurts. But despite the physical pains, I know these weeks of forced slow-down are exactly what my body and heart needs. REST. So if you’re in this season of life too, give yourself permission to rest and heal. I’m letting go of the pressure to rush back into working out, my social life, household chores, my pre-pregnancy clothes, or any kind of commitment that conflicts with recovery and rest. Something that’s very hard for us enneagram 8’s to adhere too 🤪 I have to remind myself every day that rest is one of the most productive things I can do right now🙏🏻 So I’ll be here with a baby on my chest, in milk stained pj’s, embracing JOMO (the joy of missing out)✌🏻

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Giving her fans an insight into her plight, she wrote:

“With Ember and Bode, I had really great pregnancies and labor/delivery experiences, but once that 4th trimester hits, my body just gets hit hard with all the things… Thankfully this time, I could draw from past experience and fought off getting mastitis 5 days postpartum like last time.”

Despite the victories, Audrey confessed that her breasts hurt, the stitches and hemorrhages ache, and she still has sore muscles from labor. 

While her post-pregnancy story doesn’t sound rosy, Audrey hasn’t solid reason behind her choice to share it with her fans.

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Throwing it back to exactly a year ago when Jer’s hair was a little bigger and my belly was a little smaller😜 ⁣ ⁣ NEW EPISODE🎙 of @behindthescenespodcast is now live - the first episode of 2020🎉We are taking you behind the scenes of 2019 from January to December and have a fun and honest conversation remembering all that’s happened this year! Our first book launch💌, a table build🔨, business restructure, masterminds, hitting the NYT best-seller list🙀, marriage summits, travel, pumpkin season🎃, grieving the loss of a few loved ones💔, ranking to 💎diamond, Ember milestones, and more. Starting off the year with a haircut for Jeremy✂️ and ending the year in anticipation of our second baby👶🏼 We share our roses and thorns from the year and reflect on where we’ve been so we can cast vision for where we are headed☺️ ⁣ ⁣ And if you’ve already listened to the episode, no... I still haven’t decided on a word yet for this year😆Last year my word was “abide” and I’m contemplating just carrying it over to this year too😅 but still haven’t decided. Do you pick a word for yourself or your family every year? If so, I’d love to know what it is?👇🏻 #btspodcast

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She explained:

“I share all this because I don’t think enough people share about their postpartum journey. We are so excited to share birth stories and document our whole pregnancies, but then postpartum hits and nothing.. I wish someone would have better prepared me for the first time around or been more honest about all the after-birth pains.”

She ended her posy by encouraging other mothers going through the same struggle to rest and heal.

Days before the lengthy candid post, the Daily Mail notes that she gave her followers a hint of her struggle when she shared a photo of big sister Ember meeting baby Bode for the first time. 

Jeremy and Audrey welcomed their son on January 8. The little bundle of joy weighed 9 lbs., 2oz., and measured 21 inches long. The entire Roloff clan was thrilled to welcome the little one, but it seems grandmother Amy was the most excited.

According to PopCulture, the Roloff matriarch took to her Instagram to share a doting image of her cradling her latest grandchild. 

Soap Dirt notes that Jeremy and Audrey brought home Bode to introduce him to the rest of the world, two days after his birth.

It was reported that the little one’s delivery was well-timed as he came on his exact due date, unlike his sister, who was 11 days late.

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