Mum Mel Watts, also known as blogger The Modern Mumma, has shared a powerful post-C-section photo we think everyone needs to see.
The mum-of-4 compares a shot of her belly at the 7-month stage of her pregnancy to one of her tum just a few days after having a Caesarean – bravely using a camera angle designed to show lumps, bumps, redness and scarring in all their glory.
And, in the caption, she opens up on how she feels about post-baby stomach, writing:
“? Top photo 30 weeks pregnant. Bottom photo 4 days post Caesarean section. Wow.
“Honestly it’s no castle or bloody piece of art. Sure it’s filled with stretch marks and dimples.
“But this body – this one the one I own – gave me another life. Another small human to love and to hold.
“It held onto him for 9 months and sheltered him, protected him and prepared him for the day he was born. So many times I’ve doubted my body, so many times I’ve pinched and pulled at sections that I didn’t like. In reality, this body has done everything I’d ever want it to do.
“Sure it’s not magazine or swimsuit worthy to some. But to me and my husband, it’s the place that grew our babies. It’s the place that everything we love most started. And that’s all that counts, right?! We feel as though we need to follow society’s stigma on what we should look like when, in fact, we should just do what we feel works for us.
“No body has the same body. And every body has their own body. Enjoy it.”
We totally love this pic, and we really hope it helps more of us have a more realistic expectation of what our bodies will look like after giving birth – whether by C-section or not.
Because, no matter what kind of birth we have, the last thing we ought to be worrying about is how our stomach looks, right? In a dream world, our minds would be 100% focussed on resting and getting to know the new little one in our life.
Sadly, as we all know, the pressure to magically transform your body to its pre-baby state still exists.
Mel touched on this in a follow-up post. She shared another tummy photo – this time from another angle.
“Just because we all look different doesn’t mean none of us aren’t real or unrealistic,” she said. “We’re all real. We’re all women who have birthed little humans and we’re all just trying to do the best we can.”
A great point. Thanks for sharing, Mel ???
Images: Instagram/Mel Watts