Real c-section scar photos prove every caesarean is different

In Australia, one third of women give birth via c-section, a rate that has continued to rise over the past decade. And just as every vaginal birth is different so too are caesareans, and they leave mothers with very different scars.

Here’s a close-up look at some of the variations of normal, when it comes to caesar scars.

Horizontal scars

C section scar

One week post-birth scar, via Imgur user kwh118.


Mum Raye Lee posted images of her post-emergency c-section scar in a bid to dismiss claims that having a caesarian is ‘the easy way out’.

Caesarian scar six months after giving birth, via

Bruising as a c-section scar heals, via countrygirl_xox.

Images showing scar healing over a ten month period, via kaylin_destinee, who says having c-sections doesn’t make her any less of a woman or a mother.

Vertical scars

Jodie Shaw shared this incredible image of her fresh c-section scar, which was large due to having to avoid a fibroid sitting on her cervix and a low lying placenta.

A vertical c-section scar not long after birth, via mrsleahy.

c section scar vertical

This scar is the result of multiple c-sections, via Cynthia Lopez.

We have a whole heap of information available for mums who have had c-sections, including when it’s safe to resume exercise after a caesarian.

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Anita Butterworth

Anita is a journo from country Victoria who swapped the cut and thrust of television news for the joys of raising boys. When not writing about everything parenting, she's searching for the perfect cuppa and Instagram filter.