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Blogger and Mum of two, Olivia White, snapped herself just hours after birth to dispel any myths about having a c-section.

Olivia blogger at House of White posted the snap on Instagram to reveal the harsh reality of having a c-section.

She shares that she took the picture just hours after birth and described the operation as “where they sliced you open and yanked out a whole person”.

The mum told how her uterus was inflated and wrote “To anyone who thinks it’s the easy way out, 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!”

She adds, ” 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.”

Rebecca Judd recently got super real about her post-baby ‘sausage shelf’, otherwise known as the C-section scar. Read that story here.

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  • I have had two vaginal births and two caesareans. Both caesareans were totally different, the first I could do nothing for myself not even sit up in bed the second was easier as it was a lesser emergency though I was on the table longer due to losing half a litre of blood

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  • ow that looks painful! that would hurt in it’s own way and i wouldn’t judge you for having your child this way. You still gave birth and you are still a mum :)

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  • I can’t believe some people think having a C-Section isn’t giving birth. Enjoy your bundle of joy Olivia. Congratulations

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  • You just need to do what is right for you in terms of child birth.

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  • No childbirth is easy. But we deliver our babies in the safest way that they need.

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  • An emergency C-section after already going through 18 hours of labour doesn’t make anything worth while at the time – both baby and mother needed many blood transfusions and never saw each other for the first 5 days, then baby stayed in hospital for the following 3 months. Bad bonding with this child.
    It isn’t easy – neither is natural birth, but it is usually all worth it in the end.

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  • I really wanted a natural birth and by no means were all of my C-sections a choice. The pain of them is worse as you have further ones as does the scar get worse and now, 7 years on, I have no feeling on my tummy, I scratch it and it feels like a weird tingly feeling, no real feeling at all.

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  • i gotta say loved the free wax job when dressing taken off lifted up the shelf the other day no one would know that I’d had a c sec as the scar is non existent but it’s tinglely 8 months later

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  • I had C-sections and had no choice. Sure is a bit strange that some people feel the need to make you clear that it’s the easy way out.

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  • They had a pressure bandage on mine until a few hours before I was sent home, now that was a treat to remove, as the midwife told me it was a free bikini wax

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  • Congratulations. Great photos too. Epidurals are OK if they work. I know a Mum who had 3 – none of them worked at all. She never had back discomfort before them at all – she does occasionally now.

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  • I do not imagine anyone would think it was an easy way out.


    • I never understand why anyone compares births and judges other women. :(

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  • I think anyone who chooses a c section is crazy

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  • I have had 3 C-Sections, not by choice as I could not deliver naturally and I can identify with you Olivia that it certainly isn’t a great experience, especially the epidural as you have to double over with a pillow between you so your spine can lengthen and open up for the anaesthetic to be inserted. That in itself is an ordeal when you are carrying a round belly in front of you. It certainly is a longer recovery rate than delivering vaginally. But the main things is as long as mum and bub are safe and well, then that’s all that matters. Mums who have c-sections just have to take it easier because they have had an operation as well as delivering a baby and incisions take time to heal. Caesarian babies suffer less trauma than vaginal babies as they don’t have to squeeze out, but in saying that if I were able to have them vaginally I would have, because anyone who elects to have a c-section should really think of the implications as it take approximately 2 years to fully recover and rid your body of the anaesthetic, so I was informed by medical staff. Congratulations on your delivery Olivia, great name, that is my daughters name. All the best.

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  • I didn’t have c sections, but I’ve never thought they were “easy”.

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