#BadAssMama Celebrates Her C-Section Scar for the Best Reason Ever

She thinks it proves that she's a "badass mama," and we couldn't agree more.

Raquel Renteria knows all too well that giving birth can leave its mark on your body—literally. And for Renteria, that physical evidence is a constant and powerful reminder of a major accomplishment. 

Like so many pregnant women out there, Renteria hoped to avoid giving birth via C-section at all costs. She envisioned herself having a natural birth, but as The Huffington Post reports, things didn't work out that way: Her baby was breech, and she decided to have a C-section for her child's safety. 

Renteria was afraid of the surgery, but made it through—and the scar it left behind reminds her of how she conquered her fears and did what she needed to do to bring her daughter into the world. 

The last few weeks leading up to Alexa's birth, I was scared. I was terrified of this surgery. I was afraid of this scar and the long term effects it would have on body and my mind. I was worried I would feel inadequate, like I didn't give birth to her. So many different fears lingered, but SO many other mamas told me, it would all be okay. And it is. I don't feel as if I was robbed of a birth or like less of a bad ass. This scar proves that I am indeed a #badassmama! This surgery was not an easy decision for me. It pushed me to educate myself, to open my mind, to let go of my perfect expectations. I had everything I wanted during my birth. We had skin to skin in the OR, we saw our daughter being birthed(actually have the video of it), my husband cut the umbilical cord, they delayed cord clamping and most importantly, our baby was safe and beautiful and my doctor respected every decision we made. I couldn't be more proud of this scar. I couldn't be more proud of myself. And all those silly fears disappeared as soon as I realized, I was having the baby I prayed for and the birth experience I hoped for. 🌿✌🏼️#csection #csectionmom #csectionrecovery #mamaoftwo #peacewithbirth #birthofmama #stopcensoringmotherhood #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #postpartum

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"I was terrified of this surgery," the mom wrote alongside a photo of her C-section scar. "I was afraid of this scar and the long-term effects it would have on body and my mind. I was worried I would feel inadequate, like I didn't give birth to her. So many different fears lingered, but SO many other mamas told me, it would all be okay. And it is."

"I don't feel as if I was robbed of a birth or like less of a bad ass," Renteria continued. "This scar proves that I am indeed a #badassmama!"

This mama may not have birth experience she initially envisioned, but she did "have everything she wanted" during the birth: She and her daughter did skin-to-skin and her husband cut the umbilical cord, for starters. "Most importantly, our baby was safe and beautiful and my doctor respected every decision we made," she wrote. "I couldn't be more proud of this scar. I couldn't be more proud of myself. And all those silly fears disappeared as soon as I realized, I was having the baby I prayed for and the birth experience I hoped for."

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