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C-Section Scar Photos: Real Moms Share Their Real Scars

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Finding real c-section scar photos that haven’t been edited or photoshopped onto a perfect body can be challenging. This article shares real cesarean birth scars from real moms and their beautiful bodies.

You might wonder, “is my scar normal?” or “what do other people’s scars look like?” because your doctor doesn’t show photos of real cesarean birth scars before or after birth.

We’re proud to share this round-up of real c-section scar photos to remind you just how powerful your body is and what you’ll do to keep yourself and your baby safe.

What should my c-section scar look like?

Before we dive into the photos, let’s answer a commonly wondered and asked question. What should my c-section scar look like?

Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to this question. Everyone’s scars will look different depending on your surgeon, your baby, the type of closure used (staples, glue, stitches, etc.), and other factors.

Once fully healed, using a medical-grade silicone scar care kit can help improve your scar’s appearance, texture, and feel. Gentle massage with an organic C-section scar balm can help, too.

Typically, are three different types of cesarean incisions:

  • Low transverse (the most commonly used)
  • High vertical (possibly used for breech or sideways babies)
  • Low vertical (typically used for pre-term babies or emergencies)

In general, your scar should not ooze pus or bleed. As it heals, it might be lumpy, feel tight, or develop a c-section shelf. These are things to look out for and know can be corrected with the proper care and attention.

C-section scar recovery photos

Below you’ll find some photos of real-life moms sharing their c-section scar photos. Remember that everyone’s scars hold their own birth story and will look different from the next.

Because we – as a society – aren’t used to seeing real c-section scar photos, we hope these images help you feel validated and seen in your cesarean birth experience.

Your scar is nothing to hide and something you should be proud of (we know this can take time to achieve, be patient with yourself).


Incision type: low abdominal transverse
Closure: glue with steri strips

Five days post-cesarean birth
Five weeks after birth

“I had a hard time around five weeks postpartum where the incision had some abnormal dryness and redness that I couldn’t get an answer what it was. It turns out it just has thicker scar tissue there.

I took a photo while watching the redness after visiting my provider and having them circle it to ensure it wasn’t growing.”

11 months postpartum

“Now at 11 months, looks fairly similar to three months but slightly less red and with scar massage, less pulling and bulging above the scar.”


Incision type: low transverse
Closure: stitches

“I also had an external clear plastic (?) cover/bandage, which will be removed at week 4/day 28.”

21 days after birth


Incision type: low transverse
Closure: dissolvable stapes

“I had an unplanned c-section six months ago to a healthy, beautiful boy. I took this photo about four months postpartum. I was very thankful how well my incision healed; they used dissolvable staples and, in my experience, better than stitches.” 

Four months postpartum


Incision type: low transverse
Closure: dissolvable stitches

Eight months postpartum

“Firstly, I would like to say how refreshing and empowering it is that you are showcasing cesarean scars.

As a c-section mama, I often feel alone when looking at my scar or feeling the sensitivity and being reminded of the terrifying surgery I endured awake to birth my baby – so thank you.

I gave birth to my first and only daughter almost eight months ago (33 weeks, to be exact) via a scheduled c-section with dissolving stitches as my suture material.

I planned for a vaginal birth all along; however, my dear daughter was breech at the 36-week growth scan, and I was scheduled for a c-section. I was distraught and scared due to the sudden change in my well-thought-out birth plan.

However, it was my first sacrifice as a mother to ensure the safe arrival of my daughter into the world. 

The most exciting part of her birth occurred one week postpartum when I rushed to the ER a little after midnight one evening due to chest pain (an emergency symptom postpartum). It turned out I had a pulmonary embolism, and the doctors told me I saved my own life coming into the emergency room.

I had an undiagnosed blood clotting disorder which is likely what led to the clot being able to form. The c-section surgery is a significant risk factor. I have fully recovered and am forever grateful I listened to my body that night.”


Incision type: low transverse
Closure: unknown

“I had my son Ruben on the 30th of June 2022 via elective c-section because I have Crohn’s Disease. 

The actual c-section went quite well. That was my only option, so I wasn’t disappointed or shocked that things went that way like some mothers can be. I was lucky. 

I did get golden staph in my c-section wound at five weeks postpartum, and it took three lots of antibiotics, three trips to ED, and about five weeks to heal. So that’s why my scar is a bit funny.”

Unknown time postpartum


Incision type: low transverse
Closure: glue

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“Here is my c-section scar from giving birth to two beautiful twin girls almost three months ago. Glue was used, and all the doctors and nurses say my OB did a ‘beautiful job.’”

Three months postpartum


Incision type: low transverse
Closure: unknown

“This was my second elective c-section birth.”

Both photos were taken at ten weeks postpartum


Incision type: low transverse
Closure: unknown

“Attached is a picture of my c-section scar four weeks postpartum with my 3rd c-section. I had c-sections in March 2019/Feb 2021/December 2022.

My first was after PPROM at 36 weeks and a baby that would not tolerate labor. I had a suspected placental abruption (confirmed later, I did not) and an emergency c-section at 10cm after 5 hours of labor and 20 min of pushing and failed vacuum extraction. I was not put to sleep but sedated, and I don’t remember much from his delivery.

I was set on a VBAC for my second birth, but after therapy and lots of soul searching, I realized that I just needed a “non-traumatic” delivery, and for me, that was a repeat c-section.

For my 3rd, I hired a birth photographer and had the most beautiful photos, a video of the birth, and got skin-to-skin in the OR; it was beautiful.

My recovery has gotten better after each birth. I was so sad after my first c-section, but now almost four years later, I’m proud and embrace my story and journey.”

What you can do for your C-section scar

If your scar has been confirmed to be fully healed by your care provider, and you are worried or concerned about your scar or want to decrease the tension, pulling sensations, swelling, or redness, you can start gentle scar massage using a c-section cream or another mild oil.

Also, special C-section scar kits have everything you need to improve your scar and decrease discomfort in an approachable and effective way.

The good news is it’s never too late to address your scar’s appearance if it’s something you want to do. Don’t forget that scar is a constant reminder of what you’ll do to keep you and your baby safe, and it’s nothing to be ashamed about.

For more about C-section recovery and additional real-life C-section scar photos, check out our expert-written C-Section Recovery Guide eBook.

Final thoughts on your cesarean scar

We hope these images help you feel less alone (and more empowered) after your cesarean birth. It’s incredibly refreshing to see real, unedited c-section scar photos; for some, it is very emotional on many levels.

A huge thank you to everyone who sent in your cesarean scar photos for this couldn’t; we couldn’t have done it without you.

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