Australian parent blogger and mother of two Olivia White has shared a photo of herself on Instagram to show how “easy” a caesarean really is:
The photo, which was taken a few hours after birth, shows White pulling a face as she takes a selfie to try and get a better look at her incision because, in her own words, she “still couldn’t see past (her) still inflated uterus”.
Along with the photo, White said: “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! That’s then sewn back together with fishing wire while it feels like your vital organs are trying to escape! … 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!” And if you weren’t horrified enough by this, White finishes with “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.” Sounds fun, right?
I’ve got friends who tell me about their intense vaginal births, where they ended up tearing and hobbling around like John Wayne for ages because of it, and friends who talk to me about C-sections where they can’t stand up straight or put on their own knickers for four months afterwards. No one is doing what I’d describe as “having it easy”. I honestly can’t see why new mothers don’t all sit in big circles with each other and smugly pat each other on the back. Quite frankly, you’re all bloody heroes and you deserve medals for what you’ve done.
But, despite everything White has gone through with her C-section, she still wouldn’t change what happened. She finishes her caption with: “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.”