This article is part of Noelene Dwyer’s Pregnancy A to Z Essentials Series
U : Uterus
The uterus is another word for womb. It’s a thick walled muscular organ and part of a woman’s reproductive system. It’s capable of largely expanding during pregnancy to accomodate a growing baby.
The uterus is the size and shape of an upside down pear 🍐 and is full at the top and tapered and narrow at the bottom. The beck of the womb and the cervix are the same thing.
All female mammals have a uterus and as humans are mammals – that includes us.
The uterus has four parts:
- The fundus – the top of the uterus.
- The body – where a fertilised egg is implanted.
- The cervix – the mouth of the uterus.
- The internal os – the opening to the cervix.
“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”
~ Harriette Hartigan