Mom of two Maddie Castellano (@maddiecastellano) recently garnered over 7.7 million views when she posted her beautiful video to TikTok — and almost immediately, the emotional comments came pouring in.
In the video, Maddie is gently swaying in her hospital room, her tiny newborn in her arms, to the song “So This Is Love,” from the Disney movie “Cinderella.”
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And while this moment alone is powerful enough, the fact that Maddie is proudly standing in her disposable mesh underwear is what truly makes the video so raw and touching.
The hospital-provided underwear — used for postpartum vaginal bleeding and discharge, called lochia — is not exactly known for making new mothers feel beautiful.
But as Maddie wrote in her video’s caption, this new mama was feeling the most beautiful she’d ever felt — mesh undies and all!
Whether Maddie intended to or not, her powerful TikTok is helping normalize the reality of pregnancy, birth and postpartum challenges — and perhaps inspiring new moms everywhere to feel beautiful and strong in their own bodies.
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‘Probably the most beautiful thing I’ve seen on TikTok…’
TikTokers were quick to share their emotional responses to Maddie’s video, leaving over 13,000 comments.
“I’ve never seen something so beautifully raw and absolutely breathtaking at once before,” one user wrote.
“Mama you are RADIANT! I can just feel how much love you have for your little baby,” another user commented.
“Probably the most beautiful thing I’ve seen on TikTok,” wrote another user.
“Motherhood is beautiful and so are YOU!!!” another user commented.
“2 hours and already standing! I didn’t think that was possible,” commented another user.
Hopefully, videos like this will continue to inspire women everywhere to start their own body acceptance journeys and to feel beautiful and powerful in the skin they’re in.
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