Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life—but let’s face it, some of the side effects are less than pretty.
Line Severinsen, an illustrator from Norway, is bridging this representational gap, one cartoon at a time on her website Kos og Kaos, which translates as Cuddles and Chaos. This mom has garnered a lot of attention for her hilariously real comics of what pregnancy and motherhood look like in their unfiltered moments. The illustrations are witty, well done and attention-grabbing—but more than anything else, they’re true to life. Severinsen told Buzzfeed of her inspiration for the comic series.
“I started this cartoon as a personal diary in 2012, when I was pregnant for the first time with my daughter. I was feeling sick and tired all through my first trimester, while all I saw online and in magazines were these picture-perfect, happy, pregnant super-women. I thought to myself that there is no way that no other woman felt and looked like I did. So I wanted to help them understand that they weren’t alone, and that it is okay to feel and act less than perfect sometimes.”
Keep scrolling to see her all-too-real illustrations of pregnancy: