Many people get tattoos to commemorate big life events, and what could possibly be a bigger life event than bringing a life into the world? That is why it is not surprising that many moms who gave birth via C-section are choosing to decorate their incision scars with beautiful body art.

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For some the C-section tattoos are simply a way to express their pride and mark their journey. For others who may be feeling a bit self-conscious because of the scar, it can be a great way to embrace the beauty of what that scar means and add even more beauty to the area.

Click through this gallery to see some incredibly creative C-section tattoos. From a cool butterfly to an elaborate flower garland that covers an incision, these tattoos are truly beautiful. They might inspire your own tattoos in this area.

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 got the credit, but the credit was not his. 4

It's highly unlikely that Julius Caesar was born via C-section because back then C-sections were only performed on mothers who had died or were dying, and therefore the mothers did not survive.


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

Historically, the procedure was performed to save the baby.

Bleeding and infection made survival for the mother rare.



In the 1580s a Swedish mother survived the procedure. 9

In the 1580s a Swedish mother survived the procedure.

The first recorded instance of a mother surving a C-section happened in the 1580s in Switzerland.

That mother ended up having five more children. 10

The woman's husband Jacob Nufer perfomed the operation on her. Not only did she survive the procedure, she recovered and ended up having five more babies vaginally.


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.


The horizontal incision is still very popular today. 17

According to Kehrer a low horizontal incision was better for recovery and lowered the chances of death. The horizontal incision method became very popular at the beginning of the 20th century and is still practiced today.

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.

You may end up with uneven puffiness. 24

After you get stitched up, scar tissue can develop unevenly and make some areas look puffier than others. Over time it should become less noticeable, but it may not ever go entirely away.


It can take up to eight weeks to recover. 25

It can take up to eight weeks to recover.

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

When you're all healed and feeling strong, there's a great option.

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.


Motherhood has a way of changing you. 31

It's not just that you give birth to a child, it's also that you are reborn as that child's mother.

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.

A lovely floral garland is sweet. 38

Giving yourself a permanent gift of flowers is sweet, if that's your style.


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.