Poppy Harlow, a reporter for CNN, was offered the interview of a lifetime while already three months pregnant: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
She initially turned down the interview, fearing she'd be in labor the day of the meeting, but agreed to come on board once the university hosting the event told her they'd have a backup reporter in case she had to drop out at the last minute.
Harlow ended up attending herself, though she had given birth only five days before, leading to a rather unusual fashion choice: adult diaper.
As many mothers know, women who have just given birth often have to wear adult diapers or pads for a short period of time following labor "to absorb vaginal discharge and bleeding, which normally occurs after having a baby."
But that commonality didn't make the situation any less surreal for Harlow, who told Cosmopolitan:
But here's the crazy thing. I'm sitting on the stage, interviewing Ruth Bader Ginsburg—and wearing a diaper. Any woman who has had a baby will understand this. You have to wear, like Depends, after the baby is born.
“...here’s the crazy thing...I’m sitting on the stage, interviewing Ruth Bader Ginsburg—and wearing a diaper. Any w… https://t.co/NUQbPfLL65— Poppy Harlow (@Poppy Harlow)1531841280.0
While people praised her, Harlow insists her actions were much more unglamorous than they were heroic:
I'm like, 'If you only knew.' I tell you this at the risk of grossing people out. That is what it's really like to try to 'do it all.'
But that modesty didn't stop Twitter from singing her praises!
Poppy Harlow interviewed Ruth Ginsburg 4 days after giving birth wearing a mf-ing diaper. Give this woman all the a… https://t.co/QcQ3AfLkEk— Tara Hayes (@Tara Hayes)1531851981.0
Poppy Harlow interviewed RBG five days after giving birth to her son, and had to wear a diaper — really cool, inspi… https://t.co/kqh38iWr62— Megan Harney (@Megan Harney)1531845898.0
@PoppyHarlowCNN @Cosmopolitan @CNN Love this! All of you ladies are amazing. All of us moms have been there and y… https://t.co/xKH6rvVT6w— suzan haizlip (@suzan haizlip)1531842838.0
@PoppyHarlowCNN @Cosmopolitan @CNN You did this right after giving birth...I remember the interview. I was actually… https://t.co/AbF5uBTsoY— Tonya Lucas (@Tonya Lucas)1531842887.0
@PoppyHarlowCNN @Cosmopolitan @CNN You CNN mamas rock!— Nikkita (@Nikkita)1531848199.0
I love this piece on all the pregnant women at CNN. But wow, this line: "Both of [Poppy Harlow's] pregnancies were… https://t.co/t7Ndk0yl5g— Alexandra Adams (@Alexandra Adams)1531918170.0
And some other mamas concurred about how glamorous being a new mother is.
@PoppyHarlowCNN @Cosmopolitan @CNN Totally understand...I've birthed 5 babies!!! The "glamour" is....shall we say...."special".— Tonya Lucas (@Tonya Lucas)1531842673.0
Although a few guys were feeling it was a bit TOO much information, they still appreciated what women face in the aftermath of the creation of another human being.
@PoppyHarlowCNN @Cosmopolitan @CNN Dear Poppy, that’s almost more info than I needed. Having said that, you (all gi… https://t.co/0lGOBmKdDe— Hans Michielsen (@Hans Michielsen)1531842543.0
Sometimes TV reality is a little less glamorous than it seems on the surface.