Mel Watts, a mom of four from Melbourne, Australia, is a mommy blogger who has become very popular from her willingness to dive deep into the hard, not so picture-perfect truths about parenting and motherhood.
Watts, who has over 147K followers on her Instagram account, @themodernmumma, has tackled almost every parenting topic under the sun, from pregnancy sex to newborn sleep (or rather, the lack of) to postpartum panic attacks. But one of her most recent posts has gone viral for showing the stark reality of what a C-section stomach looks like — and she’s not shying away from celebrating it in all its scarred glory.
See the before and after pictures of her Watts’ C-section for yourself!
Before and After
The top photo, which Watts shared on her Instagram, shows her at 30 weeks pregnant, while the bottom one is her 4 days after her most recent C-section, her third surgery to date. She posted the photos to showcase what she said is “no castle or bloody piece of art,” but instead a body she has come to appreciate for giving life.
“Sure it’s filled with stretch marks and dimples,” she wrote. “But this body, this one the one I own gave me another life. Another small human to love and to hold. It held onto him for 9 months and sheltered him, protected him and prepared him for the day he was born. 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.”
Adding, “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?! We feel as though we need to follow society’s stigma on what we should look like when in fact we should just do what we feel works for us. No body has the same body. And every body has their own body. Enjoy it.”