So we just saw a thing and we fear our vaginas will never be the same again.
And we’re sorry, but there has to be a mistake.
Giving context to the photo, Stephanie wrote, “This is what 10cm of dilation looks like. This is why we deserve all the things,” in the caption, and she’s 100 per cent correct.
Because, here’s the thing. After enduring a series of (normally) painful contractions which widen (i.e. dilate) the cervix, women are generally only allowed to start pushing once this hits the 10 cm mark. But, as you can see from the image above, THIS IS NOT THE SIZE OF THE BABY’S ACTUAL HEAD.
And while the cervix, and vagina, will ‘stretch’ to accomodate and birth the baby, we all know that process isn’t exactly a walk in the damn park.
After Stephanie's post went viral with 358 comments, 13,000 likes and 169 shares (because women, and men, need to be informed about this), Johannesburg-woman, Ngoako Lerato Mannya, later shared Stephanie's photo on Twitter, where it continued to traumatise thousands more.
In nine days, Ngoako's post has received nearly 300 comments, 21,000 retweets and 53,000 likes.
See what me mean...
My mom pushed all 3 of us out. I need to thank her again, especially for my big headed little brother
— Princess Mononoke (@Loliittaaa__) April 10, 2019