A photographer who captured a seemingly overlooked moment of a woman post-birth has sparked conversation among thousands on social media.
Alex Dovel, owner of Alex Michele Photography, photographed her friend Tammy Wright of Jacksonville, Florida, after Wright welcomed a baby boy May 20.
The black and white picture showing Wright grasping the hospital bedrails and its powerful caption quickly racked up 170,000 shares on Facebook.
"There were quite a few people in the room and everyone was surrounding the baby," Dovel told "Good Morning America." "I was taking photos and I turned around and I see Tammy [Wright]. She was [still] in a lot of pain. Nobody talks about that -- what's actually, physically going on. It's not pretty. It's messy, and postpartum is hard. People need to love on the moms."
"I had to photograph her," she added. "This was part of her story."
Dovel shared the photo on Facebook captioning, "I saw you, mama. I saw the pain in your eyes and in your face and in your body. Because this is now a new season called postpartum. We tend to forget our mamas when babies are around. We ask how baby is, what does baby need, can we hold the baby, can we buy this for the baby but... what about mama?"
Wright told "GMA" this was her third pregnancy, but her first time experiencing a natural labor and delivery.
"I felt like my whole entire body was giving out on me," Wright said of the photographed moment in the hospital after she had her son, Christian Robert. "I was a little anxious because I knew there was going to be so much on mine and my husband's plates with three kids."
Wright said she's thrilled the photo ignited conversations about postpartum.
"It was that bond of womenhood and respect of everyone knowing it's not an easy transition," Wright noted. "It's not talked about enough in society. [W]e act like we've got it all covered, but we need help. I think if it was talked about more, there would be less postpartum depression."
One commenter shared her own experience on Dovel's Facebook. "When our bodies don’t seem to go back to normal and your emotions so sensitive," she wrote. "This is hard."
The photo compelled some parents to thank loved ones for helping out during their post-baby periods.
"Thank for you every load of laundry you washed and folded and put away," one wrote.
"Thank you for skipping school to help me take care of Brooklyn after my c-section," said another.
One person made a suggestion on how to lend a hand to a postpartum mom, "I always gift my mama friends spa gift cards and meals and stop by so they can go shower or I can do a chore."
Reproductive psychiatrist Dr. Alexandra Sacks focuses on women's mental health needs from pregnancy to postpartum and parenting. In April, Sacks shared the following healthy coping mechanisms for women in the postpartum stage.
This includes meditation, deep breathing, acupuncture and education on the importance of sleep.
Friends and/or a community online with other moms
Share the load
Talk with your partner or loved ones for help with childcare, and be honest about what you need.
Set a realistic bar
"Don't feel guilty about giving your kids the iPad [in moderation] so you can enjoy a meal," Sacks said.
Exercise and get healthy nutrition
Get fresh air, even if it's a walk outside with the stroller
Hold on to the things you love to do
Even if it's as simple as watching your favorite TV show.
Speak with a professional
Chat with your doctor about seeing a therapist or reach out to the Postpartum Support International helpline at 1-800-944-477.