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.