Mother of two Kristen Bell got real about the struggles of pregnancy and the joys of motherhood Tuesday, just in time for her youngest daughter’s third birthday.

According to “Entertainment Tonight,” the 37-year-old posted a series of previously private photos from her second pregnancy and labor to Instagram in celebration of little Delta’s big day.

Bell captioned the set of photos:

Three years ago today. 47lbs heavier. Getting through painful contractions with backrubs and breathing. Occasionally swinging from the IV pole to try and feel sexy and open up my hips. After 36 hours of labor I met a girl i love more than all the molecules in all the world. Happy birthday, Delta. Love, mom. #meshpanties

The actress showed off her big baby bump in one photo, but she also shared some of her more intimate mommy moments.

One snap showed the mom with husband Dax Shepard, who seemed to be checking out Bell’s mesh panties:


Mesh panties are commonly worn by new moms after giving birth to act as a sling for large pads or ice packs, according to HuffPost. But they are often a less glamorous topic that tends to get glossed over.

So when the actress finished off her photo caption with “#meshpanties,” other moms couldn’t help but give her some applause for relatability.

One mom couldn’t help but be excited the actress brought up the popular post-pregnancy garb. She commented on Instagram:

Yes!!! Love the #meshpanties! My hubby finally asked me to throw them away.

Even a former labor and delivery nurse hopped on to give Bell props.


They wrote:

#meshpanties I always handed them out like candy when I was an L&D nurse. Then when it was my turn and the favor was returned I realized how priceless they were! I wish Delta all the happiness in the world!

However, at least one expecting mom had no idea what the “Frozen” star was even talking about. But she was quickly warned by other moms. One wrote:

This hashtag will make so much sense for you in about 3 weeks…..Welcome to motherhood. #meshpanties

Overall, it seemed moms everywhere appreciated Bell’s candidness. And based on her goofy photos, it doesn’t seem like she’d have it any other way.

Leave a comment

We are excited to announce Dearly has joined forces with Mama’s Uncut. Helping Mom’s across the United States answer questions on life’s big challenges.