Here are a few of my favourite images to help your cervix open for birth. Enjoy!
Though medical charts usually show your cervix as a thin black line, it's more like a wet watercolour painting.
Ripples spreading outwards
Mandalas are a great tool to use during pregnancy and birth. Spend some time resting your gaze, and your mind, and see what moves within you in response.
Did you know that your cervix does a lot more than just dilate (open) in order to for you to birth your baby? Leading up to and during labour your cervix might also be moving forward in your pelvis, softening ('ripening') and thinning ('effacing'), even helping baby's to get his/her head into a better position, or all of the above! The effort is worth it even if you're not dilating as quickly as you'd like.
And guess what else? Your cervix doesn't dilate at a steady schedule; it's not uncommon for dilation to go from just a few centimetres to 10 in a short space of time.
I once heard the amazing Pam England describe the cervix as just like porridge, moving aside as your baby descends. The image has stuck with me ever since!
Your cervix is soft and malleable like wet clay. (Doesn't this remind you of *that* scene from Ghost? Watch it here and get that oxytocin (the hormone that powers both labour and lovemaking) flowing!
Even though your cervix doesn't actually dilate in an even circle like this (the back half dilates earlier so the last centimetre left is usually at the front), I really like this image!
Your cervix is soft and stretchy like a favourite turtleneck jumper.
Relax your jaw and notice your pelvic floor relaxing too. Then watch some Fry and Laurie and laugh your head off. Your cervix will thank you.
Look at the black circle in the centre. Keep looking.
And some more opening.
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Even more opening, set to a great song!
Remember why you're doing this...