TOWIE'S Maria Fowler has posted a VERY honest snap of her C-section as she urged women to share their 'imperfect’ birth stories.
The reality TV star, 35, who is mum of two daughters Evie, five, and Nellie, 13 months, opened up about the realities of her birthing journey with her youngest child in the post.
Maria, who is now a blogger, told fans how she missed the birth of her first daughter as she was asleep under anaesthetic.
She wrote in Instagram: "Doctors, screen, incisions, not what I expected.
"The first-born birth I missed. I was asleep, general anaesthetic.
"This time I was hoping to push, push and hear her cry, have a natural birth, the way nature intended. The time comes. 9am, pre booked, new nightie, no breakfast.
"Blood, cuts, quiet discussion. It’s not a natural birth but this time I will see it, see her lifted. Feelings and emotions flowing through me, through him.
"He holds my hand. Apprehensive, he too missed the first birth."
Maria continued to tell fans every detail of her birth story.
She said: "Spinal in, cut slowly. 5 layers and It’s time. Screen lowered, baby lifted. Vernix & blood, like a natural birth. I see her tiny body, I hear her cry, I cry.
My second born but first birth experience. Nellie Maria. 7lb 2oz I hear them say. Daddy cuts the cord, I get the first hold. It’s not textbook perfect but it’s enough. She’s here she’s safe."
The star continued: "For many mums the birth is the start of a new journey. We might have to heal physically, even mentally. Sometimes our babies need time to heal too, sometimes premature they need more time to grow. Early babies, angel babies, so many experiences.
Forceps, C sections, General anaesthetic, you’re not alone."
Maria teamed up with @frida_uk to share her real birth story.
She said: "Let's break taboos and encourage conversation. We are often painted a picture of others birth experiences, perfect and filtered and it can make us feel like we have failed. You haven’t failed. You don’t need to expect perfection your body is incredible and no matter how you bring your baby into the world you are amazing."
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