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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Brian Banister

I will never look at a mayo jar or a waffle ball the same way again! Also very glad that we will not be having any more children!

Rhodin Rhodin

My kid's heads were certainly bigger than a whiffle ball. Ouch.

Nurse... Nursekelly1980

So hard to fathom that a full sized newborn squeezes out of such a small opening. But I felt it three times so I know it's possible lol

Stama... Stamatina79

the truth is 10 cm means you're as open as the babies head. it isn't an exact measurement.

masastan masastan

My first birthing class instructor said to think about 10 cm like the mouth of a 32 oz cup from Quik Trip. LOL!


pagan... paganmommy4

10 cm equals FOUR INCHES and babies head is at least 13 inches. YOU DO THE MATH

yesnech yesnech

Paganmommy4, a baby's head is 13 inches around, not across. If I ever had to try to deliver a baby with a 13in wide head, I'd die. 

Lilys... Lilys_Mommy10

So I went from a vibrator to a wiffle ball to baby born in less than 30 mins... O.o wow lol

Abby.... Abby.N.Amys.Mom

When I was in labor with my second I had to get my husband to call a nurse in because I was in so much pain.  The last time they had checked me I was only 2cm and when she checked me that last time, I was 7cm and dd2 was born 10 minutes later.  No wonder I was in so much pain, I could have fit a mayo jar inside of me. 

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