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 would. 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. Went to my OB/GYN due to abnormal color of my discharge. It changes from light brown to brick red to light pink different times I go pee in the day. This went on for about a week and half. A couple wipes and its gone. My period is very irregular sometimes will go 3 months w/o any periods. My Ob/Gyn did a pap and checked my cervix and noticed my uterus is soft and my uterus is enlarged and his guess was i was 8-10 weeks pregnant! I was super excited to hear the news and so was my fiance. I get a blood drawn to confirm the pregnancy to find out a day later that it was negative (about a 1). He wants a ultrasound done just in case. Is there a chance I could be pregnant?

    • It’s possible, or it could be from an early miscarriage or another miscarriage. Unfortunately, the only way to find out why this is happening is to go to the ultrasound and see what is going on. Good luck, Jennifer!

  2. On May 9 I had a positive peak ovulation test. My fiancé and I had intercourse. Today I am at 10dpo and my cervix is high soft and closed. Also, my cm is white and watery where it is usually thicker and more sticky. Could this be a positive sign that conception has occurred?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. The only way to know for sure is to wait for after your period was supposed to start and then take a pregnancy test to find out for sure. Good luck, Michelle!

  3. My boyfriend and i arr trying to coinceive. I stopped taking bc in jan. Our last time we were intimatd was thd 13,and 14th of may. I was supposed to ovulate anytime between the 14-18th of may on the 16th i felt a pinch on my right side. Now i feel bloated and breast are sensitive and ive been running to the bathroom alot today. Is it possible i am pregnant?

    • The pinch may have been when you ovulated. The symptoms could be just from PMS, since many of those are also PMS symptoms. It is also a bit too early to have early pregnancy symptoms. With that said, you did have sex right at ovulation, so it is always possible that you will get a positive pregnancy test in another couple of weeks.

  4. My last period was 4/30/17. Not sure when I ovulated, but we had unprotected sex on 5/7,5/10 and 5/11.On 5/17 I had pink spotting, also been having breast tenderness and bad nausea the last few days. Does this sound like pregnancy?

    • It is possible. You would have to wait until your period was supposed to start to take a pregnancy test. Give it another week or two, and you can find out for sure. Good luck, Nicole!

  5. I am a week late on my period I have real thick and creamy white cm and getting negative pregnancy results im Never late on my 28 day cycle. Could I still be pregnant and how long should I wait to take another test.

    • Wait another three or more days and test again. HCG levels every few days in early pregnancy, so it may just take a little longer before they are high enough to read. Your period may just be late, but I would take another test in another 3 to 7 days if it does not start.

  6. My cycles are 45 days…… it’s 7 days until my next period, I am having signs of pregnancy such as.. fatigue, modest, nausea, tender breast and I am bloated…… my cervix is high open but not fully opened and feels like the tip of my nose…… I am going to take a test after my missed period!!!!!

    • Some of these symptoms are also the same as PMS. We have an article that compares and contrasts PMS and early pregnancy. If your period does not start though, you should go ahead and take a pregnancy test to find out. Good luck, Trish!

  7. my period was on 26th of April and I used online ovulation calculator and they said that I was going to ovulate on the 4 or 5 of may, bcos I do have an irregular period. last month 22days. On the 4th of may I had a pain on the left side of my stomach. On the 6th of April I still had another pain again, but since 2nd of may I’ve been having heavy watery discharge with much cervical mucus like an egg white. I started having with my husband on 2nd may to 6th may. Except on the 5th. Today been 11th may 2017, the watery has ended but the egg white is still there Small. I fell a little heavy down there and frequent urination. Tender breast but no sore, please help. thanks.

    • It is possible that you are pregnant, but there is no way to really know for sure yet. You will have to just wait until after your period was supposed to start and take a pregnancy test. Good luck, Onyii!

  8. I’ve had sexual intercoure March 12 a few days after my period .. My period came on again 2 weeks later and I was still cramping after my menstrual cycle but I had started Birth Control . I had headaches and cramping so I’m April I stopped taking birth control because I wanted to see if it was birth control or pregnancy When I stopped taking it I started to bleed the same day . It was heavy but not as heavy as my period usually be and I had bad cramps like a period but the only thing that worries me is I think my breast got bigger and my vulva has gotten bigger or I don’t know if I’m just over thinking being pregnant . I also burp and it’s rotten egg like and I have diarrhea as of today May 11th could I be pregnant? I took a test 5 weeks after intercourse it was negative.

    • It is unlikely that you are pregnant. Stopping your birth control affected your hormonal levels and was probably the reason why your cycle changed so much recently. If you continue to have symptoms, go to your doctor because another medical condition could be at fault.


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