Cervix in Early Pregnancy

During early pregnancy, the placement of the cervix will change. The cervix is located between the uterus and the vagina. Normally, it may feel like a thumb if you touch it. The position changes based on the time of the woman’s menstrual cycle and her pregnancy. It is actually possible to use the position of the cervix to tell when conception has occurred. In addition, the mucus that is around the cervix, known as cervical mucus, will also change during a pregnancy. You can use the consistency of the cervical mucus and the placement of the cervix to confirm early on if you are pregnant or not.

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How to Test the Cervical Position During Early Pregnancy

During early pregnancy, you can easily test the position of the cervix by inserting your finger into your vagina. Since your middle finger is generally the longest, this is the best finger to use for the job. You will want to make sure to wash your hands before doing this to make sure that you do not cause an infection. For minimizing infection risks, you may also want to do this after you have already showered.

When you have ovulated, the cervix will normally fall to a lower level in the vagina. Many women will report that the cervix feels as firm as the tip of their nose. Often, the cervix will drop into a lower position for up to a week before they menstruate. For some women, the week prior to menstruation is marked by a cervix that feels soft and tender. Once ovulation has occurred, the cervix will drop lower and become hardened. This is called a low cervix.pregnancy-4

During early pregnancy, the cervix will rise up, but it will not go as far up as it was prior to the pregnancy. The cervix may feel softer to the touch and less firm than it normally wood. During pregnancy, the cervix tends to be softer, while a non-pregnant cervix will be firmer to the touch. This is due to the increase of blood flow during early pregnancy. The additional blood flow causes the cervix to become bloated and softer, so it feels more pliable to the touch. If you normally track your cervix’s position from day to day, it will be easier to tell when you have become pregnant.

Keep in mind that the cervix will normally rise during pregnancy. For most women, this will occur only a couple of days after conception has occurred. Other women may find that it takes up to a month for the cervical position to become higher. To see if you are pregnant, you can also look at vaginal discharge. After a pregnancy, the cervix closes to help the fetus develop, so cervical discharge will be minimal.

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An Overview of Cervical Mucus

Cervical Mucus During Ovulation

Cervical mucus is designed to help sperm reach the egg. Normally, cervical mucus will be dry or grainy after ovulation because it no longer is needed to get you pregnant. During ovulation, the cervical mucus will become watery and lighter so that sperm can easily travel to your uterus. If you track your cervical mucus carefully, you will be able to tell when you are about to ovulate and when conception is most likely.

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Cervical Mucus During Early Pregnancy

Once you have become pregnant, your cervical mucus is one of the first things to change. Your cervical mucus is extremely reactive to hormonal changes, so the sudden change in your hormones will cause it to become different. Depending on your individual body chemistry, your cervical mucus may develop a variety of different consistencies. Some women will develop cervical mucus that is light and watery like it is during ovulation. For other women, the cervical mucus will become thick and sticky like it is right before menstruation. As your pregnancy progresses, you will notice continued changes in your cervical mucus and vaginal discharges will continue to increase.

What Is Implantation Bleeding?

Although bleeding is generally a sign of menstruation, exceptionally light spotting may be a sign of implantation. Once the egg implants in your uterus, some bleeding is common. It may appear brown or pink in color and may be mistaken for menstruation. If you have experienced implantation bleeding, then you can take a pregnancy test or go to your doctor to confirm the pregnancy.

A Few Reminders

It is easier to tell if your cervix has changed position if you normally track your cervical position. Over time, you will become better at telling if your cervix is in a high, medium or low position. The same thing is true for cervical mucus. Tracking your bodily changes carefully will enable you to have a better understanding of what is going on in your body. Although these are not the most reliable ways to tell if you are pregnant, they can often be used before a pregnancy test would even deliver a positive result.

pregnancy-1Tracking your cervical position works best if you are trying to conceive. Many women will create a fertility chart to monitor the times of the month that will work best for conception. You will want to track your cervical position, cervical mucus and your vaginal temperature. Using these factors will help you tell the best time to try to become pregnant and will enable you to spot a potential pregnancy before many pregnancy tests are able to do so.


  1. My last period was Feb.11 on March 3rd I started very light spotting and was very light I had this for a week on and off and then it completely stopped. Today is 46 days since my last period and nothing. I have had several pregnancy symptoms I have been sick moody,my,boobs hurt bad and so tired all of the time and I have lost of saliva in my mouth. I have taken pregnancy tests which have been negative I have tried to use my first mornings urine but I have to pee so much that I can only go 2 hrs at the longest before I have to go again. I have an appt on Friday with the doctor when I will be 50 days and my cervix is very high and I don’t know if it is closed or not I can only get my tip of my fingernail in it and I don’t have any cervical mucus at all I am so scared that something bad is happening to me because the only time that I have not had a period like this is when I was pregnant ans,i am very regular and always have been my whole life please help,with advise if you can.

    • It is unlikely that you would have a period and negative pregnancy tests if you were pregnant. There could be something like a cyst or endometriosis causing the irregular cycles. If the bleeding on March 2 was just an early, irregular cycle, then your next period would be about to start between now and another 10 days or so. You may not be pregnant, but you should definitely go to the doctor to see if you can find a cause behind your symptoms and sudden irregularities in your menstrual cycle. Good luck, Brandi Lindblom!

  2. I was supposed to get my peripd on the 19th of this month, im now a week late. I took 3 dollar store PT on 20th and they where BFN. From the 17TH To 25TH High Cervix and I Had larg amounts of EWCM with mild cramping. Starting yesterday 25th my CM became clear and a little sticky little EW clumps & Grainy still with high cervix it feels like the tip of my thumb harder to open. I been experiencing mild cramping the entire week. Cramps come and go sometimes only on 1 side also mild cramping on 1 side near my lower rib started today. Hot flashes since last week and mood swings a week before my period was due. These BFN are confusing considering I missed my period and have all of these symptoms. Please help!

    • If you got a negative on the pregnancy tests, then you are not pregnant. The symptoms could be due to something else or due to PMS. Many early pregnancy symptoms are also the same as PMS symptoms–we actually have an article on Med Health Daily that compares the two types. If you continue to experience symptoms, you may want to go to the doctor to see what is going on with your body. Good luck and stay safe, Alexandria!

  3. UMy husband and I had unprotected sex a few days before my period and I was a week late. I bled for a few days but with no breast tenderness which is unusual for me. Took two tests when I was 4 and 6 days late both negative. I checked my cervix tonight (was still menstruating earlier today) and it is high but very soft and closed very tight. Could use some input on whether this is a possible pregnancy or maybe I miscarried very early?

    • It seemed like you commented twice on this one. I have to answer and approve each comment individually, so it may take me a little while to answer all of them. If you do not see a response right away, do not worry because you will. Read through my last response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

  4. My husband and I had unprotected sex a few days before my period and I was a week late. I bled for a few days but with no breast tenderness which is unusual for me. Took two tests when I was 4 and 6 days late both negative. I checked my cervix tonight (was still menstruating earlier today) and it is high but very soft and closed very tight. Could use some input on whether this is a possible pregnancy or maybe I miscarried very early?

    • You may have just had a slightly irregular cycle this month. If you only had unprotected sex right before your period was to start, then you were most likely not ovulating at the time. While it is possible that you had an early miscarriage, it is more likely that your period was just a little late this month.

  5. Hey, Been off of depo for a year now…. And a couple weeks ago i had UP sex. Since then ive only spotted for a week and then turned brown on sanitary napkin… I would have slight pulling and tugging… Ive been feeling very anxious and have butterflies … Ive been checking cervix and its high hard and closed like i can barely reach it. I sleep all day and snack all the time.. Neg PT also i also have a hormonal imbalance as well… What can this mean.

    • All of these symptoms could have been caused by something else. If you have had a negative pregnancy test (and you waited until after a missed period to take it), then you are probably not pregnant. Your hormonal imbalance could easily be the cause of some of these symptoms. You can take another pregnancy test in a week just to be sure, but you are most likely not pregnant.

  6. Hello,my last period was Feb 17th. Since than I’ve been having pregnancy symptoms. On the 17th of march negative test next day negative yesterday negative.. I checked my cervix its very high super soft and kinda hatd to reach. Im having minor cramps. Kinda hungry but not really. Breast feel heavy. But im kinda concerned my left fallopian tube is blocked because of scar tissue. I had an ectopic pregnancy jun 2016 the Dr removed my right fallopian tube. Im having hot flashes and moody Idk what’s going on any ideas ladies?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. It is also possible that you are simply having an unusual period. Continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing. Take another pregnancy test in five days. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Tia!

  7. I take the pill active pills non-stop per doctor’s orders which means I don’t have periods, but was on antibiotics from February 28th til March 9th, afterwords my breasts have been killing me, strong sense of smell, headaches everyday, is that side effects of my pill or a possible pregnancy?

    • It is possible that the antibiotics caused your birth control to not work. Your doctor should have informed you of this. It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm your result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Sara!


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