Actress Jena Malone and boyfriend Ethan DeLorenzo welcomed their first child, son Ode Mountain, back in May 2016. Now, the actress is getting super-real over on Instagram about her struggle with postpartum depression. Over the weekend, she posted this artfully blurry pic of herself and her sweet little guy, along with a pretty profound caption:
"Motherhood, depression and self-worth," she wrote. "I don't have anything beautiful to say. Except that this struggle is real. The sharp edges are too much to hold without compassion. I'm struggling with this. I guess I just needed to share, in hopes of being seen and feeling not so very much alone."
So heartbreaking. And yet, so relatable. In fact, Malone's followers quickly reached out to her with an amazing show of support in the comment section.
"I don't know how such a beautiful precious life changing event can instead be such a dark place but it happens," wrote one. "Please know you will get through this and the sun will shine again!"
"I can tell you that this moment will pass," added another. "You are not alone. A big hug from me, a stranger, but a mother too."
And from a third: "I hope you find the help you need and allow all of your loved ones provide you with the support that I'm sure they're wanting to give. Please know that you won't feel this way forever. It does get easier.... I promise."
In this age of what seems like constant mom-shaming, it's a pretty incredible thing to see so many women using their voices to build up and empower Malone, instead of trying to tear her down. So thank you for being brave enough to admit that everything is not OK, Jena, and for bringing together so many other mamas with your eloquent and heartfelt words. Because the more we open up and talk about the darkness that sometimes accompanies motherhood, the closer we get to finding the light. We know the fight is not an easy one. But hang in there, because it will get better.
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