Rebecca Judd gets real about the post-baby ‘sausage shelf’, otherwise known as the C-section scar.

Mum of four, Rebecca Judd, has opened up about her very different birthing experiences on a recent episode of her KIIS network radio show, The 3PM Pick Up.

Speaking with cohost Katie “Monty” Dimond, Bec revealed all about delivering twin sons Darcy and Tom, 6 months, via cesarean section, calling the procedure “the worst thing I’ve ever done.”

“I’ve measured my scar. It’s 12 centimeters. It’s very, very low. It’s practically on my public bone. I don’t know how Tom’s head came out of there”!” She said.”But, compared to having a natural delivery, it kills me. It is far more horrific and the fact that you’re awake during major abdominal surgery is mind boggling and freaky.”

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She recalls,  “I remember I was lying there on the operating table and I started pretty much having a panic attack, my heart was going nutso – I felt like it was jumping out of my chest.

“And I think ‘am I going to die? What’s going on?’, which actually was completely normal.”

“When all the meds wear off, the pain is excruciating,” she said.

“After I had [five-year-old son] Oscar, my first child, naturally, well, I had an epidural, but as soon as that wore off, it hurt a little bit. I used a lot of ice. But by the next day or two, it was fine.”

Talking about her scar she adds, “I’ve spoken to girlfriends about it and they’re like, ‘this ledge, this sausage shelf stays with you your entire life.’

“If you wear compression and tight clothes it makes it flatter but ladies, if you’re thinking of an elective C-section but you’re baby is in a normal, natural position for natural delivery, I’d go natural all the way.”

Can you relate to Bec’s analogy? How would you describe your c-section scar? 

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  • thankfully i haven’t had to go through that. i can’t imagine the pain etc that would go with having one. it would be hard to do anything for months afterwards.


  • If you need a c section then you need one. Its great to give birth naturally but if its between you or your baby or both dying its a bloody simple decision.


  • My c-section was my worst. Pain for 12 months, infection, twinge of pain every now and then for 5 years. After 16 years, my scar is hardly visible, and only a tiny bump about 1cm at one end where I had pulled internal stitches lifting bub on day 2. Three subsequent natural births were much easier. Two of my sister in-laws would disagree though. They both had multiple c-sections without any drama. Up and about within a week, doing virtually everything.


  • I definitely would choose a C-section if I had the choice. Different if it’s an emergency but give me a natural birth every time.


  • 2 natural births – not much pain at all afterwards – emergency C-section horrific – thank heavens 4th birth was a natural again even though it wasn’t meant to be. Agree with Rebecca, don’t voluntarily go for a C-section. The pain is awful and the resultant scars are also quite horrific – mine from my belly button downwards, so no concealment at all.


  • Not all natural births are awesome – 7 months later and I”m still having issues with my body learning to go to the toilet again. What matters is that bubs get here safely – sometimes they need assistance .


  • I would never have chosen a c section over a natural birth. The pain and extra recovery time just aren’t worth it


  • Everybody’s birthing experience is obviously very different. I had natural but with so much pethidine and super epidural i didn’t feel anything. However, the aftermath was hideous. I vomited and had a seizure from the pethidine and the epidural took about 5 hours after the birth to wear off.


  • By my first Emergency S-section I went all through the anesthetics and started feeling everything they were doing. Lots of pain, resulting my blood pressure dropped dangerously low. They then administered more anesthetics, by which my body didn’t cope. Huge headaches and extremely low body temperature, low blood pressure and strange body sensations kept me then in recovery for 8 hours. In all that time I still didn’t see my baby girl.
    I found the scar very itchy. Made the mistake to put a warm water bottle on it and burn my scar….so I had blisters on my scar as well.


  • My first childbirth experience was an emergency c-sec because I got stuck at 8cm and baby wanted out. It was a very nice experience and I healed up pretty quickly. My second was also an emergency c-sec whereby we lost our baby. The procedure wasn’t too bad and I can’t remember the pain after mainly because I was mourning I guess. I had to have a third c-sec for our third child and that was horrific. I couldn’t even get into the car the way I was in pain. And unfortunately yes I got my share of the sausage shelf too. No matter how much I train and exercise I’m stuck with it for life!


  • Epidurals seem to weaken the back of some Mums. I know one Mum who hd never had so much as a twinge in her back before that.
    I know another Mum that the staff didn’t put an Epidural in the right position not one but 3 times. She was vomitting almost non-stop. The baby went into foetal distress after 18 hours labour and had to have an emergency c-section.


  • my first csection was the most painful thing I have ever gone through, I was petrified of my second caesar (both emergency just different levels) the second was completely different, I could.move wothout help I could stand and sit all by myself, get in and out of bed. No way could I do that with my first caesar.


  • You’re not supposed to let the meds wear off! That’s the first thing they told me in hospital. The worst thing for me was the epidural. Even now I can still remember the feeling. As for the scar, maybe it depends on the dr? Every dr that has seen my scar has mentioned how nice it is lol!


  • for me the spinal block was the worst thing. Totally freaked me out but the operation and recovery were fine.


  • I had a emergency C- section for my first born son 41 years ago. I had a vertical incision 20 staples.
    Not the best looking scar but I am grateful for that my baby boy arrived safe and well. Since then i have had 3 natural vagina births and much quicker recovery from.
    When I had my tubal ligation done the surgeon tried to do corrective surgery on my stomach muscles that was cut when I had my C-section to get the baby out, but was unable to.


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