How Well Do You Know Your Cervix?!

It’s time to get acquainted with your cervix!

Did you know that your cervix is connected to your uterus? It’s not a separate structure.

During labour, your cervix dilates to roughly 10cm. Before this happens, the mucus plug will come away, which is the plug at the top of your cervix which keeps your baby safe from infection. This is what initiates labour and your cervix will then begin to soften and dilate.

Now, there is no hard and fast rule about how quickly or slowly dilation happens. Every woman and every cervix is different! There are many factors that can affect the speed of dilation, which should always be taken into consideration. For example – labour may be stalling because you don't feel safe and secure, so your hormones aren’t able to do their job, and this will affect the cervix and stall dilation.

Good ways to bring on dilation are to make sure your birth environment is safe, calm and that you feel comfortable. You could also try sitting on the toilet - the privacy of a toilet door being closed helps you to dilate - and this is why some midwives call the toilet the dilation station!

For more tips on getting informed, understanding your body and feeling in control, be sure to check out the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of the butterbean platform.

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How Well Do You Know Your Cervix?!

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It’s time to get acquainted with your cervix!

Did you know that your cervix is connected to your uterus? It’s not a separate structure.

During labour, your cervix dilates to roughly 10cm. Before this happens, the mucus plug will come away, which is the plug at the top of your cervix which keeps your baby safe from infection. This is what initiates labour and your cervix will then begin to soften and dilate.

Now, there is no hard and fast rule about how quickly or slowly dilation happens. Every woman and every cervix is different! There are many factors that can affect the speed of dilation, which should always be taken into consideration. For example – labour may be stalling because you don't feel safe and secure, so your hormones aren’t able to do their job, and this will affect the cervix and stall dilation.

Good ways to bring on dilation are to make sure your birth environment is safe, calm and that you feel comfortable. You could also try sitting on the toilet - the privacy of a toilet door being closed helps you to dilate - and this is why some midwives call the toilet the dilation station!

For more tips on getting informed, understanding your body and feeling in control, be sure to check out the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of the butterbean platform.