Cervical Dilation: What It Kinda Looks Like


We all know that during labor, a woman's cervix is supposed to dilate to about 10 centimeters in diameter before she's ready to start pushing. But what does that really look like? I don't think I had a clear image of that in my mind when I was in labor. That's probably because I was in hellfire pain at the time. But even if I'd been in my right mind, it might have been helpful to visualize what exactly "stalled at four centimeters" looks like, or what "nine-and-a-half centimeters and dying to shove this baby out" is like. 


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Before a woman gets pregnant, there is all sorts of information that she's heard of, but maybe never really understood until she is walking around carrying a 9-l. bowling ball in her stomach. And to a certain extent, this is reasonable. But some women who are preparing for D-Day (delivery day, that is) might be wondering what exactly it means to be "x" amount of centimeters dilated. We've compiled a helpful little visual guide to the cervix in centimeters, comparing the sizes to everyday household items. From coffee beans to Wiffle balls, one is sure to remember these everyday items when it comes time to push.

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Read on and keep this in mind when baby is on the way!

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