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. I had my period about a week ago… i have been extremely moody and emotional the last 3 weeks… im constantly tired… i get nauseous and avoid certain foods… sometimes stop eating after it makes me nauseous… i have a very watery vaginal discharge the last 3 weeks… i feel light headed the last few days… twice i got weird cramps on my nipples which lasted a few seconds… my breasts are not tender… i have been getting light cramps in my lower abdomen the last few days…

    • You are sure that you experienced your period a week ago, then you are not pregnant. However, you may have experienced implantation bleeding. Take a pregnancy test if you feel like you want to do so. Continue to monitor your experiences for other pregnancy symptoms. You can confirm the findings of your pregnancy results by making an appointment with a medical professional. Best of luck, Cindy!

  2. Hi there , i ovulated early this month got a positive opk and ovulation signs 5 days after my lmp i have been cramping since 5dpo extremly tender breasts and nipples ,today i checked my cervix and it was as soft as the rest of my insides and felt closed , according to my cycle i should get my period around the 30th or sooner since i ovulated earlier than usual been ttc for 6 months and no luck. When should i test ?

    • You will always be benefited by confirming your previous tests. False positives are rarely incorrect, so it is likely that you are pregnant. You can confirm your results with a medical professional. Best of luck, Candice!

  3. I have a question. I am 23 years old I have the bar in my arm I have had 1 regular period since then but spot constantly since. My real period was in November since just just spotting. I keep taking test and they come up positive but faint my boobs are sore I am gassy and very emotional. Can I be pregnant with the bar in my arm or am I just getting false positive since they take forever to show up when they do they are faint??

    • It is possible to become pregnant while using birth control. Nothing is completely effective. False positives are rare, so you will want to speak with your doctor. They will be able to confirm the results of your test. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Tara!

  4. My lmp was from december 16 to december 20. I had sex with my husband on december 18,19,21,22,25 26,27,29,30 and january 1,2. I took a test today and said negative. I am late on my period should have gotten in january 13th. Ive been feeling very tired a lot more then usual.my cervix today got low and super squishy and soft. Have had creamy sticky cervical mucous. Is it possible im pregnant and just to soon to test? When should i test again? Thanks!

      • The flu is going around in many places. It is possible that you are having the flu if you are not pregnant. You may want to speak with a medical professional, just in case. Good luck, Esmeralda!

    • Take another pregnancy test in five days. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are experiencing. You may be best served by speaking with a doctor about your questions. You may want to confirm the results of your test with your doctor. Best of luck, Esmeralda!

  5. I had my last cycle on 12/24 and my 2nd round of Clomid along with a 2nd IUI on 1/9. After having intercourse on 1/4, 1/5 and the night of 1/9. On 1/16 I started having constant nausea, and feeling like I am drained of energy, sleepless nights, lower back aches, some minor cramping, constant mouth watering that started on 1/17 and also dizziness and now headache. I am also experiencing extremely sensitive nipples to where it feels like I’m being electrocuted and my areolas appear to be darker than normal. My cervix feels in a medium to high position and soft but to me feels open maybe due to 3 vaginal deliveries it feels different when closed with the very first pregnancy? I am only 10dpo today 1/19 estimated as I got a positive OPK on 1/8. Is this symptoms similar to those others are experiencing? I know it’s too early to test but I have had 3 pregnancies without anything like this. My cycle is due to start 1/23. We are praying for a positive test this month as we’ve decided no more Clomid and IUI and last month doctor told me I was pregnant when I clearly wasn’t so we were so let down!

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. You may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. You may be experiencing signs of other things as well. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. If you want to speak with a medical professional, then do so. You may want to confirm your results with a doctor. Best of luck, Ashley!

  6. My cycle is 32-35 days (LMP 21ST DEC), I tracked ovulation and had the LH surge on 7th, and the EWCM on 8th. We had sex on 7th, and since a week or more, am having breast and nipple tenderness, bloating, and exhaustion. I sleep a lot more than I usually did, but still tired all the time, with constant mild headache. My CM is scant, and am not having any other major symptoms, could this be it? I usually don’t have this much breast tenderness before periods. Planning to start testing from tomorrow, or should I wait more?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are experiencing. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You can take a pregnancy test whenever you want to. You can confirm your results with a medical professional if you wish to do so. Best of luck, Rajni!

  7. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over 2 years now. My cycle is normally 28 days if I’m extremely stressed it will be 30. Today is day 30 and no sign of my period. I’m gasy, crampy, and more tires than usual. Last few days I’ve been easily aroused. Last night my husband and I had sex and today I checked my cervix and it’s at a medium position. Not trying to get my hopes up but I thought it should be low when I’m due to start and that it goes back to normal after no longer aroused.

    • It is possible that you are having signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. If you are not pregnant, then you may want to speak with a fertility specialist. If your results come back positive, then you can confirm them with your doctor. Best of luck, Megan!

  8. I am 4 weeks and 1 day late on my period. I have taken 2 hpt and both negative. My nipples are tender. My hips hurt and I feel nauseous and tired. I also have frequent bathroom trips. I have been checking my cervix and it went from high and hard to low and soft. I do have an appointment next week. Just thought I would ask.
    For my other prg I never checked my cervix, so I cant tell.

  9. My last period was about Dec 25. It says about 29-30 days on average. I did a calculator and it said that I ovulated near or on the 8th. My fiance and I had sex on the 6th and 12th. After we had sex on the 6th there was clear watery discharge until the evening of the 8th. I had a decent cramping session the morning of the 8th then since the 9th I’ve been nauseous, stomach feels weird and some cramp like feelings,been hungry and thirsty more, headaches and right breast pain randomly, hot flashes like a few times a day. I’m suppose to start the 21st to 23rd. I’ve been feeling all this since the day the watery clear discharge. I’ve never experienced period symptoms until now. I’ve had a child but he’s almost 5 so I don’t really remember what the beginning felt like. Is it pregnancy or early period symptoms?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences as you move forward. If you miss your period, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period start date. You can confirm your results with a medical professional. Best of luck, Brittany!

  10. Hi there. I’m having similar symptoms to Jaycie.I ovulated Jan 4/5. Had sex on the night/morning of the 5th 0200 hours. On 6dpo-9dpo I had some pink and brown bleeding. Not enough to have to wear a pad.I’m nauseated, lots of abdominal cramps, my sense of smell is crazy and I’m do exhausted I can barely move. I’m not 100% if I checked my cervix correctly but I think it’s high and semi soft with what feels like an indent. I’ve also been experiencing thick white discharge…I had this on my finger after checking my cervix too. My period is due today and there’s absolutely no sign of it coming…I’m not having any of my normal premenstrual symptoms.I took a pregnancy test today and it was a BFN. What do I do? I’m so confused. Thanks

    • If you are having unusual cervix position and experiencing other signs of a potential pregnancy, then you may be pregnant. You may have taken this test to soon. Take another test five days after your normal period date. Continue to monitor your symptoms as you move forward. If you want to confirm your findings with a medical professional, then do so. Best of luck, Sally!

  11. My LMP started December 28 2016 and ended Jaunary 2, 2017. I ovulated on the 8th or 9th of Jaunary and we had unprotected sex both days and a couple days before that. I am currently 10 dpo. My cervix is high semi soft and my cm is white glue like and creamy. The symptoms I have been having a headache, urinating more frequently, nausea, food aversion, tired and lower abdomen cramping, congestion cold like symptoms and crying at small things lol. According to my cycle I should get my period January 23,2017 my cycle is very regular. When should I test? Are there any accurate diy at home pregnancy tests? If not what brand do I choose?

    • Take a test five days after your normal period date. Speak with a doctor if you want to confirm your results. It sounds as though you may be pregnant, so reduce stress on your body at this time. Choose whatever brand you trust, as DYI tests are not always certain. Continue to monitor your experiences as you move forward. Good luck, Jaycie!