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EYE-OPENING! Viral photo reveals what cervical dilation during childbirth looks like

We all know that you’re ready to push during labour when your cervix has dilated to 10cm, but no-one really can comprehend just how big that is.

Until now, that is…

EYE-OPENING! Viral photo reveals what cervical dilation during childbirth looks like

Viral photo reveals what cervical dilation during childbirth looks like

A new photo from SCV Birth Centre in California has shared a photograph that perfectly shows the expansion of the cervix next to a baby’s head. Wowsers!

No wonder the picture has gone viral!

The photo, which was shared by Facebook user Steffanie Christi’an, has had nearly 200,000 shares!

“This is what 10cm of dilation looks like. This is why we deserve all the things,” she captioned the pic. We agree!

The cervix, which is at the bottom of the uterus, opens when a woman is giving birth. This process is called cervical dilation.

For term babies, the cervix opens to around 10 centimetres to allow the baby’s head to pass into the vagina.

However, the cervix doesn’t stop dilating at 10cm. It continues to open to help mums deliver the child by pushing.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.