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Does anyone have a link to a video, animation, or photos of what a cervix looks like when it is dialating? I would love to be able to picture it, I think that would help me to open.

I did find this. Don't look at it if you are sensitive! It is straight up photos of someone's cervix on her period!!!
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OK, that was pretty gross But neat all the same. I wonder what would possess someone to post such photos on a public blog? And how did she get the camera up in there? And the lighting? The logistics of it all amaze me, quite honestly

But to answer your original question - No, I don't know of any photos of a dilating cervix.

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I love that site! I don't think its gross at all, it really helped me see what our awesome, powerful cervix looks like!

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That link is fascinating Stacey!

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I'm not sure if I want to look at it but I don't know of any pictures of what you want.
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i do know navelgazingmidwife was looking for volunteers to photogragh their cervixes during labor...don't know that she has anything posted on her blog yet, but might be worth a look.

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I am also completely fascinated by the logistics. How do you hold open a cervix like that? Maybe a timer would be necessary, but I wonder how long it took her to get a lens focused in clearly on her cervix.

Or maybe she had help?

Sorry, I have no help for the original question. But if you find it, please share!

What about some medical or .edu source? Don't doctors have to have some curriculum to study? Maybe?

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ddc crashing, if you read some on that link, it says she used a plastic speculum, a digital camera with a macro setting, and a talented boyfriend wearing a headlamp. I can just imagine how the conversation went when she asked him for his help with a little project,

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HAHA... her boyfriend wearing a headlamp! That's amusing! I made my DP take OPKs with me for a month to see if his LH increased when mine did, but I don't think he'd do the cervix photography. Eeek.

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I too tried to find pics of a dialated cervix online.. Did any actually find one?

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the boyfriend thing absolutely cracks me up!!!

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Loved this site and pictures when I first saw it. It really helped me visualize my own cervix. I wish I had seen this years ago.
OP, I don't know where you can find dialating cervix, but that would be a fabulous find!

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That's hilarious! What a brave boyfriend - I'd say he's a keeper

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word! will show this to dd in ten or fifteen years. have to say, our culture is nuts...a cervix is nasty, but an erection is sitcom-fodder.

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I too tried to find pics of a dialated cervix online.. Did any actually find one?
I did a search and came up with nothing also... DH has a very good friend who is an OB/GYN though so I will ask him if he has any medical texts with pictures I could scan.

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ddc crashing, if you read some on that link, it says she used a plastic speculum, a digital camera with a macro setting, and a talented boyfriend wearing a headlamp. I can just imagine how the conversation went when she asked him for his help with a little project,
oh thats so amusing, my hubby would be like WHAT? YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT? LOL

Anyway very gross but very intersting at the same time I'm glad you posted

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I SO would do this. Maybe I will ask my midwife if she has a plastic spacula opening thingy. What do youthink? I am 2cm dialated right now-that would be facinating to see, wouldn't it!? They I could do it every day and see how much more dialated I am, while at the same time knowing that I would be helping other mama's visualize their cervix opening....

I agree, it is ridiculous how much women do not know about their bodies, and what we do know we think is gross. I keep asking dh if he is okay with the perineal massage this time around bc I am so much fatter and he might think it is gross. Why on earth would I think a few pounds on my body would make my vagina gross? I seriously need some help before I start raising a little girl!

Anyways, SOMEONE should do this. I just realized I don't have a (gasp) macro lens or a regular digital camera....
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not actual pics, but a decent diagram.

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not actual pics, but a decent diagram.
Thanks, that is helpful. I still don't understand why you can't have a lip. Why do you need to be 10cm exactly?
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I had a lip with my second and I just pushed past it. He was posterior though and that made everything worse.
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I have pushed w/ at least two of mine where I was not fully dilated. I just pushed through it b/c I had strong desire to push. W/ the others I was not checked by midwife or I did not check myself, UC.

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That medical link was great for visualizing birth. Thank you mamatoabunch.
I find the need to really visually that opening and what my body is doing as I go through each contraction.

About the lip - I also pushed through it with my first DD because I was already at 10cm.


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MW says I am 2-3 and mostly effaced. Had a bloody show and more plug loss yest. but might have been from PE too.
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