Nearly a third of all births in the United States are Cesarean deliveries. C-sections are more common than you might think and many high-profile mamas are speaking up about their own C-sections—from the experience to their healing process and scars. We love that these mothers are using their platform to show the reality of Cesarean birth and recovery.
Here are five of their (powerfully honest) stories:
When actor and author Jenny Mollen was two weeks postpartum, she posted the kind of photo she wished she'd seen when she was a newly pregnant mom-to-be.
"I just met my new C-section scar for the first time this morning. Thank you Dr. Albert Sassoon for your artistry. Because I wish somebody had shown me a pic like this 9 months ago, I'd like to insist this be your new business card," she wrote.
It is important for people to get to see images of postpartum bodies because bumps don't shrink instantly, and lines and scars don't fade overnight either.
Mollen's post is her post-birth reality and it is beautiful.