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This Viral Photo Shows How Big A Woman's Cervix Gets When It's Fully Dilated During Childbirth

"This is why we deserve all the things." –Moms

Giving birth ain't easy. Labor isn't fun.


Let's break it down. Early labor begins when a woman starts to feel contractions – they basically feel like awful period pain and cramps in your abdomen or lower back.


These contractions cause the cervix to dilate (open). During this, the cervix effaces (gets softer and thinner) so the baby can enter the birth canal.

Since every birth is different, it is unpredictable how long early labor will last. For first-time moms, however, it can last for several days!


Next a woman goes into what is called active labor. Contractions at this point become stronger and more frequent. This is when things really intensify because the cervix has to dilate to 10 centimeters!


Some women get nauseous during labor and some women experience leg cramping as well. Active labor usually lasts four to eight hours.

Once a woman's cervix is fully dilated, it's time to push. They push in between contractions and it can take as little as a few minutes or as long as a few hours for the baby to come out.


So that's the TL;DR version of vaginal childbirth. There's obviously more details that happen (like the birth of the placenta), but for the sake of this post – and the possibility of you losing your lunch – that's basically all you need to know.


Now it's time for a (non-graphic) visual! SVC Birth Center shared this photo of a newborn's head fitting through 10 centimeters:

The bones of a newborn's skull are soft and malleable – the plates in their skull actually move and overlap when they are pushed out. This is why some babies are born with misshapen or pointed heads. If their head is misshaped, it usually forms back after a couple days.

In the pic, they used something called a dilation board that shows the size each centimeter looks when it is dilated.

During labor, healthcare professionals use their fingers to feel how many centimeters the cervix is dilated. So, midwives or doulas usually use these boards for practice.

After the photo was posted, it started getting shared by moms everywhere. Steffanie Christi'an shared it on Facebook saying, "This is what 10cm of dilation looks like. This is why we deserve all the things." It currently has over 185,000 shares.

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It really made moms proud of what their bodies could do.

And definitely gave moms with "large-headed" children a laugh.

Moms just agreed that THEY DESERVE ALL THE THINGS!

Give yourself a pat on the back, moms. You did good.


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