Cervical Dilation: What It Kinda Looks Like (PHOTOS)

teaspoonWe all know that during labor, your cervix is supposed to dilate to about 10 centimeters in diameter before you're 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. So we've compiled a helpful little visual guide to your cervix in centimeters, comparing the sizes to everyday household items.


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