It may be too soon to call this one a trend, but another mom’s c-section selfie is documenting the aftermath of the procedure—all while reminding new moms to embrace their postpartum bodies.
“Top photo 30 weeks pregnant. Bottom photo four days post-Caesarean section,” Australian mom-of-four Mel Watts, the blogger behind The Modern Mumma, says in her Instagram caption. In each photo, we see Watts peering down over her bump. “Honestly, it's no castle or bloody piece of art.”
Watts’s camera angle really accentuates the drastic before-and-after change. And it’s a change she’s learning to be proud of.
“So many times I’ve doubted my body; so many times I’ve pinched and pulled at sections that I didn’t like. In reality, this body has done everything I’d ever want it to do. Sure, it’s not magazine- or swimsuit-worthy to some. But to me and my husband, it’s the place that grew our babies. It’s the place that everything we love most started. And that’s all that counts, right?”
Last month, another Australian mom, Olivia White, shared a viral c-section selfie. Her purpose was twofold: to explain just how gruesome the procedure is (she compares it both to a shark attack and getting hit by a bus) and to emphasize that she wouldn’t change a thing. (“If it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today.”)
Watts adds to White’s message, encouraging all women—not just c-section moms—to do their best to appreciate what their bodies can do.
“Nobody has the same body,” Watts writes at the end of her post. “And everybody has their own body. Enjoy it.”
In a followup Instagram post, Watts tells her followers she’s been enjoying, in particular, watching her photo resonate with other moms. But she warns those calling it a ‘real’ postpartum photo to tread carefully.
“I think you should be aware that I didn’t use the word ‘real’ in any of my post,” she says. “I think all women’s bodies are real. Some work hard for their and some cough cough don’t...Just because we all look different doesn't mean none of us aren't real or unrealistic. Some women bounce back, some don't. Some women train hard, some don't. We're all real. We're all women who have birthed little humans and we're all just trying to do the best we can.”
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