An Australian woman wants you to know that having a c-section is not "the easy way out."
Olivia White, a mother and blogger from Australia, wrote a now-viral Instagram post on May 11 that challenged this ridiculous perception.
"This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section," White wrote, accompanied with a photo of her c-section cut, patched up with bandages.
"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!"
And of course, there's the years of aftercare that comes from a c-section.
"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," she wrote.
"Anyone who's ever had c section knows that you'll forever be dependent 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."
Despite the ongoing pain and the "kangaroo pouch" that stays following the birth, White is proud of her c-section. "Because if it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today," she said.
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