An Australian mother has taken to Instagram to defend her choice to get a C-section.
Olivia White posted her hard-hitting image after critics claimed getting a caesarean was the "easy way out".
This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section," she said.
"To anyone who thinks it's the easy way out, we'll 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!"
Ms White says the damage her pregnancy has done to her body will last forever.
"You'll feel as if you'll spend your entire life wearing nanna knickers up around your waist because the thought of anything settling in the canyon between your gut and pubic region is the stuff nightmares are made of," she posted.
Her post has received over 2,000 likes, and numerous commenters have leapt to her defence.
Many have told their own stories about the difficulties they have faced during pregnancy, and the lack of sympathy they have found after getting C-sections.
"2 c sections here and so tired of the 'taking the easy way out' comments [sic]," one angry commenter replied.