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Nobody warned her about her post-baby body, so she spilled the secrets in a hilarious new ad.

This funny new commercial from HelloFlo is so great because it spills the secrets about what really happens after childbirth.

Everybody told her not to do it.

But when it came to spilling the secrets about how most women's bodies react after childbirth, she had to warn her fellow ladies.

A terrifying abyss is the perfect way to put it. Yes, childbirth is one of many biologically intriguing things that a woman's body can endure, but it's also been portrayed as an incredibly mysterious and terrifying experience that's rarely spoken of. As a new parent, I remember my anxiety as I went into labor, thinking, "I just want to make it through to the other side." Even though I'd done plenty of research and talked to friends, I had no real idea what would happen in the delivery room or what it would feel like afterward.


No one usually talks about birthing details. The same goes for what happens postpartum. I'm so glad that someone is finally telling the truth.

HelloFlo, a customized delivery service for fem care products, created a hilarious commercial to promote their "new mom kit," a survival box filled with everything from nursing shirts to nipple balm.


The ad tells the story of a fictional character named Mira, a new mom living in New York who puts on a fake production called "Postpartum: The Musical." The result is a delicious blend of Broadway-styled singing, piano playing, and hardcore Rockette-themed dancing that had me LOLing all the way through.

The commercial opens with a clearly stressed-out new mom intensely staring into the camera. Then, she lifts the veil on body happenings that lots of postpartum women don't know they'll confront, until it's a stone-cold reality.

#1: Your boobs will likely be huge ... and hard.

"I have suction cups attached to my nipples, squeezing milk out of my rock-hard boobs. I fear nothing." — Mira

If you breastfeed, your boobs probably won't feel the same. Initially, you may sympathize more with farm animals, as you lactate, feed, and pump milk into what feels like perpetuity. At the same time, you may also feel incredibly unstoppable, almost like you could feed the world. Just make sure you get some new sturdy bras because, for the first couple of months, you'll even have to wear one to bed.

#2: Your nipples will stretch like elastic, and it'll probably hurt like hell.

No matter how big or small your nips were pre-baby, you may be amazed at how long they can stretch to fit into your baby's mouth or the breast pump. Yes, it's incredible and beautiful that you're able to feed another mini-human, but the process of squeezing a bottle full of milk out of a minuscule hole is NOT cute. At times it can be a downright bloodbath.

"I mean no one ever warned me about cracked nipples. The blood, the pus, the pain. I wanted to stick my nips in a tub of ChapStick and stay there. Forever. ... It sucks. I'm trapped. My ducts are clogged, and my nipples are chapped. Mastitis." — Mira

#3: Prepare for "Vaginal Fallout"

"I expelled that placenta but the fun starts now. Cause, hon, my hoo-ha's who knows how. My perineum's torn, so I sometimes bleed. Plus, I raised this arm, and like, whoops, I peed." — Mira

Sure, it's impossible to think that you could escape the birth process without some sort of bloodshed, but no one ever tells you that it'll be flowing like the River Ganges. And I'm not talking about just a few minutes afterwards; depending on your birthing process, it could last for weeks. A lot of women have to wear disposable underwear, double up on pads, and sit on ice. Not to mention the thought of pooping can be scarier than giving birth all over again.

"Vaginal Fallout, you'll never get it all out. Vaginal Fallout, for what it's worth. There's no laughter after afterbirth." — "Postpartum: The Musical"

#4. Annnnd finally — the "Sex Week" checkup

At your six-week post-baby checkup, the conversation with your doctor may sound a bit like this:

Doctor: "And good news, you can start having sex again."
Mira: "It's basically like being told your war-torn vagina's been cleared for drone strikes!"

Whether you're pregnant or not, a new mom, or have no interest in birthing, "Postpartum: The Musical" cracks open a super normal, yet unspoken, process about what women and their bodies go through. Instead of focusing solely on "the snap back," healing is what we should be talking about more often.

Check out the ad here:

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Artist uses AI to create ultra realistic portraits of celebrities who left us too soon

What would certain icons look like if nothing had happened to them?

Mercury would be 76 today.

Some icons have truly left this world too early. It’s a tragedy when anyone doesn’t make it to see old age, but when it happens to a well-known public figure, it’s like a bit of their art and legacy dies with them. What might Freddie Mercury have created if he were granted the gift of long life? Bruce Lee? Princess Diana?

Their futures might be mere musings of our imagination, but thanks to a lot of creativity (and a little tech) we can now get a glimpse into what these celebrities might have looked like when they were older.

Alper Yesiltas, an Istanbul-based lawyer and photographer, created a photography series titled “As If Nothing Happened,” which features eerily realistic portraits of long gone celebrities in their golden years. To make the images as real looking as possible, Yesiltas incorporated various photo editing programs such as Adobe Lightroom and VSCO, as well as the AI photo-enhancing software Remini.

“The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me,” Yesiltas wrote about his passion project. “The moment I like the most is when I think the image in front of me looks as if it was taken by a photographer.”

Yesiltas’ meticulousness paid off, because the results are uncanny.

Along with each photo, Yesiltas writes a bittersweet message “wishing” how things might have gone differently … as if nothing happened.
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It begins with more inclusive conversations at a patient level

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

melanoma,  melanoma for dark skin Avery Smith (left) and Adamson (sidenote)

This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

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The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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This article originally appeared on 02.09.21


At 1:30 am on Monday morning an AMBER Alert went out in southern Louisiana about a missing 10-year-old girl from New Iberia. It was believed she had been kidnapped and driven away in a 2012 silver Nissan Altima.

A few hours later at 7 am, Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine, sanitation workers for Pelican Waste, were on their daily route when they noticed a vehicle that fit the description in the alert.

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Nurse turns inappropriate things men say in the delivery room into ‘inspirational’ art

"Can you move to the birthing ball so I can sleep in the bed?"

Holly the delivery nurse.

After working six years as a labor and delivery nurse Holly, 30, has heard a lot of inappropriate remarks made by men while their partners are in labor. “Sometimes the moms think it’s funny—and if they think it’s funny, then I’ll laugh with them,” Holly told TODAY Parents. “But if they get upset, I’ll try to be the buffer. I’ll change the subject.”

Some of the comments are so wrong that she did something creative with them by turning them into “inspirational” quotes and setting them to “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton on TikTok.

“Some partners are hard to live up to!” she jokingly captioned the video.

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