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The TV scene that perfectly sums up the 'down there' problem every new mum fears.

It’s been a pretty good couple of weeks for TV shows accurately portraying what life can really be like after you birth a small human.

First, the ABC gave us The Letdown, which in only two episodes has managed to cover incontinence, absent fathers, knock off prams made in Indonesia and controlled crying in a way that’s hilarious, but also strangely comforting.

Now over on Stan, we’ve now got SMILF. That’s short for Single Mum I’d Like to… you get the idea.

The show, as you’ve probably gathered, follows single mum Bridgette Bird (Frankie Shaw), a working-class 20-something from Boston as she juggles raising her toddler, Larry, and stuffing up her life like normal millennials.

And look, the verdict is still out on this one. Currently, TV critics have the series sitting somewhere between thoroughly genius and too messy for its own good.

In episode one, Bridget manages to do pretty much everything a good mother would never. She leaves Larry at home to get snacks. She leaves Larry unattended in the pram. Basically, she just leaves Larry places she shouldn’t.

That said, SMILF taps into a very real concern most new mums face… and it’s got to do with ‘down there’.

You see, Bridget’s main concern in life, other than her son’s welfare, is the tightness of her vagina. After pushing out something roughly the size of a bowling ball, whether or not her lady garden is going to snap back to its pre-birth condition is all she thinks about.

She asks her gynaecologist. She examines it in the mirror. She even has nightmares about having sex with a man, only to have him wonder if ‘it’s in’.

Look, probs not advisable to have sex with your kid next to you under a blanket. Image: Stan.
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The whole thing stresses her out so much, she even decides to invite a childhood friend she bumps into at the shops over for impromptu sexy times. In the bed where her son also happens to be asleep.

While Bridget's behaviour is pretty extreme (probs not advisable to have sex with your kid next to you under a blanket), her concerns are very real.

Many new mums report having anxiety about whether their vagina will return to its former glory - in a Mamamia survey of 25 women, all but one reported feeling scared about having post-baby sex.

According to Sydney-based midwife Krystal Dirkins, it's an issue that requires both time and patience, and women shouldn't be too hard on themselves to 'snap back'.

"I’ve had women come to me in tears thinking things will never improve or that they are somehow damaged from the birth. That’s not true. It takes time but it will get better," she told Mamamia.

"It’s normal, almost every woman experiences difficult sex after childbirth."

So if you're after a show that'll make you feel better about how you're parenting - or your post-birth vagina - SMILF is it.

You can catch SMILF on Stan.

LISTEN: Laura Brodnik and Clare Stephens recap SMILF on The Binge. Get it in your ears below...

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