The term ‘dilation’ is often heard during birth planning. But when medical staff refer to 10cm dilation as being the point when pushing regularly begins, it can be difficult to visualise.
A social media post from the SCV Birth Center shared an image of a dilation board and brought everything into perspective for mums and mums-to-be!
You can even buy your own dilation board on Etsy!
Dilation during the stages of labour
In the early stages of labour, the cervix dilates between 1 to 3cm. During active labour the cervix dilates from 4cm (about the size of an Oreo), to around 7cm. Before the baby’s arrival the cervix dilates to approximately 10cm – or the size of a bagel.
Written by Julie Scanlon
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