The stages of labour

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The baby is inside the uterus, about to be born through the vagina. The bottom of the uterus is shaped into a tip, which is called the cervix. The cervix leads down into the vagina. Towards the end of the pregnancy, the cervix becomes softer. When that happens, you may experience increased discharge. You may also see some thick mucus. This is sometimes called a “mucus plug”. Not everyone will see a mucus plug.

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In order for the baby to come out, the cervix has to be open. When the baby is coming, the cervix becomes shorter and thinner. When the cervix has dilated, the opening where the baby enters the vagina is usually around 10 centimetres in diameter.

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