Viral Image Of Dilated Cervix Chart Shows What Women Go Through During Childbirth
An image of what '10cm dilated' actually looks like during childbirth is currently doing the rounds on social media, and as the original poster puts it, the chart demonstrates why women "deserve all the things" after having a baby.
During labour, a woman's cervix dilates to at least 10cm wide to allow the baby to pass through to be delivered naturally.
As the NHS explains: "During the first stage of labour, contractions make your cervix gradually open up (dilate). This is usually the longest stage of labour. At the start of labour, the cervix starts to soften so it can open."
And if you have ever wondered how big that actually is in real life, a picture of a wooden chart showing each stage perfectly demonstrates what our bodies goes through during childbirth.
"This is what 10cm of dilation looks like. This is why we deserve all the things," reads the Facebook post, originally shared by American singer-songwriter Steffanie Christi'an on 9th April.
A newborn baby's head perfectly fits into one of the chart's circular slots in the image.
The cervix doesn't stop dilating at 10cm though as it continues to open passed this point to help the woman deliver the child by pushing.
The image of the chart has attracted a huge amount of attention from social media users as it currently has over 170,000 shares on Facebook since it was first posted.
Facebook users also commented on the strength of women's bodies in response to the image.
One person replied: "I just passed out. We are miraculous."
"Women are superheroes. Respect to all the mothers out there," echoed another social media user.
"The woman's body is simply incredible! Wow" added another, while a man said: "I have so much respect for what women have to deal with - but there's no way in hell if I was I woman I'd ever have a natural birth."
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