No doubt, childbirth is one of the most painful things a woman has to endure. Some would even compare this excruciating pain to that of broken bones — perhaps the reason why mothers are considered superheroes. Women endure a lot of pain to bring a new life into this world. But surprisingly, when it comes to C-sections, people tend to be antagonistic. A cesarean section is considered an easy way out even today, with many commenting “how she had it easy”. But women who have had the infamous C-section know that the comment is misleading and entirely fallacious. To say that it hurts would be merely an understatement. That is why this Australian mom blogger took it upon herself to educate everyone who believes that she had taken the easy road.
Australian mom blogger Olivia White took to her Instagram handle and shared a raw picture of herself just a few hours after the delivery. The image, which garnered thousands of likes and shares, shows Olivia hours after having her baby, with a 6-inch incision made on her lower abdomen. The mom blogger also penned down a lengthy caption to clear out all the misconceptions people have of the procedure in the best way possible. Olivia wrote, “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!”.
The mom blogger who lives in Melbourne has two daughters, Annabelle and Theodora, with her husband, Jeremy. Olivia had no intentions of making her photo public. But when a friend expressed how people had made her feel she took the easy way out and how she feels disappointed for not being able to birth naturally, it prompted her to talk about the issue. She decided to show people that normal delivery or C-section, nothing is “easy” about giving birth.
“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”, the Melbourne based blogger wrote in her viral post.
Talking to a leading news portal about her experience with giving birth, the mother of two shared that she had C-section both times as she could never go into labor naturally and have never experienced a contraction in her life. The Australian mom further revealed that she had many people coming up to her and telling her that she had the easy way. That’s what pushed Olivia to post a real picture of herself just a few hours post giving birth.
Responding to her post, one mom commented, “Thanks for your post! I am a 2X C-Mamma and was recently told by someone 4-months into their first pregnancy that I was not a “real mom” because I “chose the easy way out” and didn’t get the “incredible bond with my babies that mothers who push their babies out get”.
Another user wrote, “First time you trying bending over in shower wash your legs……ugh…or first time you roll over in bed.? C sections ain’t easy. Especially when you labor for 24 hours and push for 4 hours, only to end up in the OR. ”
The mom blogger has also stripped for a few photo shoots and advocates body positivity by encouraging women to love every part of their body even if it doesn’t look flawless.
No matter what, giving birth is not easy whether you have a normal delivery or C-section. Rather than focus on how the baby was delivered, it’s high time that people show support and love to new moms at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.