This mom proudly captured what it's like to have a C-section in one photo

Olivia White / www.instagram.com

In case you were ever confused, giving birth is hard. Whether vaginally or through C-section, it takes its toll on the mother’s body. And one mom posted a photo of her body, post C-section, to show just how invasive the procedure is.

Australian mommy blogger Olivia White runs the website House of White, as well as her Instagram account houseofwhite_. Using her platform, White shared a photo of herself just hours after her cesarian section, to highlight what it looks like and to prove that there’s no “easy way out” when it comes to giving birth to a child. White wrote:

“This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section To anyone who thinks it’s the easy way out, we’ll [sic] try having a 6 inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark who had the body parts of the surfer it ate retrieved!”

Look I know it might not be my best angle (or is it?) 😂 but who wouldn't take selfies hours post birth so they can see where they sliced you open and yanked out a whole person 🙋🏼 (if you couldn't tell I still couldn't see past my still inflated uterus) 🙈 This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section 🗡 To anyone who thinks it's the easy way out, we'll try having a 6 inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark 🦈 who had the body parts of the surfer 🏄🏼 it ate retrieved! That's then sewn back together with fishing wire while it feels like your vital organs are trying to escape! I mean sure, everything is 🌈 and 🍭 till the spinal wears off! After that it's like you've been hit by a bus 🚌 which then backed over you just to make sure it didn't miss you the first time! If you don't time the Endone exactly before the previous lot wore off then you will most certainly know you are alive (while wishing you were dead) ☠️ and worst of all you'll feel as if you'll spend your entire life wearing nanna 👵 knickers up around your waist because the thought of anything settling in the canyon between your gut and pubic region is the stuff nightmares are made of 👻🙅🏼 Anyone who's ever had c section knows that you'll forever be dependant on your friends Nancy, Dr 90210 and Spanx because you cannot for the life of you get rise of the ditch that is left by the scar 🙄 But for all the skin tight Kookai dresses I bought while pregnant 🤰🏼 that now make me look like I have a Kangaroo pouch - I wouldn't change it! Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies 👶🏼 this way they might not be here today 🙌🏻 plus I recon getting cut from A to B sounds way worse 😷🤕

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While White’s photo is a throwback, since her Instagram account indicates she didn’t just have a newborn, her words are still relevant. They are also incredibly meaningful to moms who have ever felt shamed or undervalued for giving birth via C-section. When it comes to childbirth, there shouldn’t be judgment on how a person delivered her baby.

Plus, as White says:

“But for all the skin tight Kookai dresses I bought while pregnant that now make me look like I have a Kangaroo pouch – I wouldn’t change it! Because if it wasn’t for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today.”

As White proves, having a child via C-section presents its own set of (incredibly painful) challenges, and all moms should be applauded for however they brought you into this world.

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