Moms have been sharing powerful photos of their scars from giving birth through a cesarean section to try and end the stigma and shaming that surrounds this method of childbirth.
These photos are truly the most incredible things you'll see...
Although giving birth is one of the most beautiful and natural things a woman's body can endure...
There's absolutely no doubting how hard it is.
No matter how a baby is delivered...
Enduring childbirth is one of the most painful and stressful things a woman can endure, both physically and emotionally.
Yet despite this...
Women who give birth to their babies through a caesarean section, which is more commonly known as C-secition, are often shamed for "taking the easy way out."
Shocking, we know...
Because believe us when we say this, there is absolutely no easy way out when it comes to giving birth.
Well, this kind of shaming has spurred a group of moms to share their own powerful photos of their C-section scars to try and put an end to the stigma...
And people have been sharing their own personal experiences after having C-sections to safely deliver their babies.
Popular Australian mommy-blogger, Liv White, wrote about how incredibly painful her own c-section was.
"To anyone who thinks it's the easy way out, well try having a 6-inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark who had the body parts of the surfer it ate retrieved!" she wrote. "That's then sewn back together with fishing wire while it feels like your vital organs are trying to escape!"
To make things even harder, she reminds those who have never had a C-section that the surgery leaves you with a permanent scar and scar tissue. Your lower abdomen will be forever changed.
Kacey Ellis says that she loves her C-section scars because it reminds her how much she loves her daughters.
"I love my C-section scar. It's my mark of love and a reminder of my girls," she wrote on Instagram, "Whether it's an emergency or scheduled, going into a c-section can be scary."
She then reminded her followers that getting a C-section is no scarier than going in for a natural birth - at the end of the day, it's all major surgery.
"It hurt because it mattered."
Zoe Wilde told her followers that when it comes down to it, you will do whatever you need to do to ensure the safe delivery of your baby. If this means getting a C-section, you won't hesitate even for a minute.
"Without question or hesitation, I didn't know how strong I was until I had no other option but to fight. Never underestimate a mother's struggle and a mother's fight. For in the end, a mother's love can conquer all."
"Your body is forever changed."
Kassi Mansfield let her followers know that having a C-section means your body will never look just like it once did. Getting your "pre-baby body" back is not easier, in fact in many ways it is much, much harder.
"My body is not, and will never be like it used to be. And I'm still working on accepting that. I have over an inch gap in my core. My belly button is covered in excess skin. I lost all muscle. And I have a C-section pooch.
She then went on to explain what actually happens when you undergo a C-section.
"When you have a C-section, you get cut open, have organs moved everywhere, and then they sew you back together. Within that, your skin gets sewn inward. Depending on the size of your belly, your scar can be more inward than others," she explained.
"So for example, someone who was pregnant with a torpedo like myself is sewn more inwards. Because of this, my stomach and skin hangs over that scar. No matter how 'small' I get that will never change. C-section mamas, you're not alone."
Reedan Thiessen said that C-section shaming makes moms "feel like failures."
This strong mom has now had 2 C-sections, and while she mentions the physical challenges of recovery, she reminds readers that many women feel shame about not being able to give birth naturally.
"After Forrester's cesarean, it took my heart and mind a long time to forgive my body for being unable to birth the 'normal' way. This is a harsh reality for a lot of belly birth mamas, and it took me months to forgive myself for a fault I didn't have. A woman's story should not be shamed or less valued for including a scalpel and drape."
"Motherhood is a gift, no matter how the baby is born."
Finally, Sade reminds us all that motherhood is beautiful, scars and all.
"This is not the 'ugly truth' of motherhood… it is the simple truth. The beauty of motherhood begins from the moment of conception and doesn't end until YOU take your last breath." she explained.
Yes, your body will change and yes, you may no longer quite fit what society has taught us is "beautiful".
But this doesn't matter, because you will have evolved into the wonderful and amazing human that your kids call "mom", and no scars or C-section shaming will ever make you regret that.
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