What is a Caesarean section? 1
A Caesarean section is the name given to the medical procedure where a baby is removed from the womb surgically via a cut in the mother's abdomen.
Where did the name come? 2
Legend has it that the Roman general Julius Caesar was born via C-section and that's why the procedure is called a Caesarean section.
But legends are not always accurate. 3
Even though for centuries it was said that Julius Caesar was born via C-section, he probably wasn't.
Caesar's mother survived childbirth. 5
Since Caesar's mother, Aurelia, was reported to be alive when her son invaded Britain, it seems unlikely that she would have given birth via C-section.
Pliny the Elder told a different story. 6
Pliny the Elder, a Roman author and all around wise man, was under the impression that Julius Caesar had been named after a relative who had been delivered via C-section.
But maybe Caesar was named after the procedure itself. 7
Caesar's name is derivative of the Latin word that caedere, which means "to cut." Maybe Caesar's parents just liked the word and named him after it because they liked the way it sounded.
Historically, the procedure was performed to save the baby. 8
Bleeding and infection made survival for the mother rare.
In the 1580s a Swedish mother survived the procedure. 9
The first recorded instance of a mother surving a C-section happened in the 1580s in Switzerland.
Initially, women weren't even given stitches. 11
Believe it or not up until the 1870s, women weren't even getting stitches to close up the womb.
Instead of stiches, a hysterectomy was suggested. 12
In 1876, Eduardo Porro, an Italian professor of obstetrics, recommended removing the uterus after a C-section to stop the bleeding.
It wasn't long before someone followed Porro's advice. 13
in 1881, the first Cesarean hysterectomy was performed in the United States.
Thank goodness for medical advances. 14
Shortly after that first Cesarean hysterectomy two German doctors each came up with their own methods to stop uterine bleeding by using sutures to close the wound.
Silver wire was used for the sutures. 15
Both German doctors used silver wire that was introduced in the United States for post C-section suturing.
The classical vertical incision was used more than the horizontal incision. 16
One of the German doctors, Max Sänger, performed the surgeries using what is called a "classical" vertical incision. The other doctor, Adolf Kehrer, was a proponent of a low horizontal incision.
Sterilization, hand washing and antibiotics made things even better. 18
As you can imagine, with cleanliness, the rates of surival and the rates of infection following C-sections vastly improved.
Horizontal and vertical incision methods are still practiced. 19
Nowadays, for the most part, the horizontal incision method is practiced, but if for any reason that is not possible, a vertical incision is used.
C-sections are still a big deal. 20
Even with all the medical improvements, we can all agree that a C-section is still a major surgery.
Recovery can be painful. 21
When someone cuts into your abdomen, there is bound to be pain during the recovery process.
With or without pain, you also have a baby to care for. 22
What makes C-section recovery challenging in a way that other surgeries are not is that the mother who is recovering also has an infant to care for.
Nursing can be uncomfortable. 23
For moms who are breastfeeding, it can be difficult to find a comfortable position in which to hold your baby without feeling abdominal pain.
It can take up to eight weeks to recover. 25
During your recovery time, you should be patient with yourself and not lift anything heavier than your baby.
When you're all healed and feeling strong, there's a great option. 26
You might want to consider getting a C-section tattoo.
Ready to pull the trigger? 27
There are so many options.
It all depends on your taste. 28
You can go with something that makes you feel beautiful, powerful, reborn or whatever you choose.
You could go with something spiritual. 29
Perhaps something with a deeper meaning is more to your liking.
Or you can go with something timeless. 30
This clock motif kind of puts our time on this planet into perspective.
Your tattoo process could be extended. 32
Depending on how complex your design is, you may be making multiple visits to get your body art done.
When it's all done, it should bring you joy. 33
Hopefully, every time you catch a glimpse of your tattoo, you'll feel a sense of joy.
Take your time choosing. 34
There is nothing wrong with asking for sample designs before commiting to one.
There is no need to rush into it. 35
Take your time and go with something that really speaks to you.
Because in the end, it is for no one else but you. 36
Other people can like it, love it or hate it, but your opinion is the only one that really matters.
Think of it as a gift to yourself. 37
You deserve a gift because motherhood ain't easy.
But no matter what, you do you. 39
It's your tattoo, it's your badge of pride.
Here's one final thought. 40
Whether a C-section scar has a tattoo on it or not, it is a thing of beauty and an emblem of strength.