A photo of a woman giving birth shows her bones protruding through her back and this has caused social media users to react in awe at the miracle that is a woman’s body and how much strength women display during childbirth.
The image was shared by American pregnancy centre Tangi Birth Services and showed a woman squatting while giving birth. A huge bump can be seen in her lower back as she tried to push out her baby.
The caption accompanying the image explained that the bulge was caused by the normal movement of a woman’s bones during childbirth.
It read: “Can you see that bulge on her lower back? That is the rhombus of Michaelis. During the second stage of labour, a combination of bones including your sacrum actually move backwards and in doing so, increases the diameter of your pelvis.
“It allows your baby the maximum amount of space to turn as they navigate their way out into the world.”
Known as the “opening of the back”, the post added that the movement was “completely normal”.
It continued: “In order to facilitate the opening of your back, you should use active birth positions where you are upright and leaning forwards. Your body was made to do this! And your body and your baby work together!
“Birth is not something to be feared … it is something to be understood!”
Most women who commented on the post said they had no idea about the phenomenon even though they have given birth.
Vanessa Barnes said: “My husband told me about this! I give birth on my knees and he said the base of my back pushed out. Fascinating to see a photo of it thank you. And ouch! No wonder I found labour worse on my back! I soon flipped over.”
Catherine Guzman said: “Even though labor HURT, I felt so powerful while pushing, I felt so amazed that my body was able to deliver a human, a 8lbs human!!! WOMEN ARE AMAZING.”