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.

1166 COMMENTS

  1. Me and my husband has been trying to concieve and here are my symptoms- side aches, lower back aches, pinch feeling in my breast, Increased appetite, watery discharge(if I reach up to my cervix I get spots of milky white discharge). Also on the 11th we did the deed and after there was brown discharge but havnt had any since. Could I be pregnant? TIA

    • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. The brown discharge may have been a symptom of implantation bleeding. Take a pregnancy test three days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Sheila!

  2. Hi
    My period is due in a week and I just checked my cervix and it’s high (entire index finger length) and when I pulled my finger out there was a drop of blood on the tip of my finger and I spotted afterwards. Early pregnancy? Or is it just af?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. You may have symptoms of implantation bleeding. It is possible that you are pregnant. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Heather!

  3. Hello i am on day 45 of my cycle, normal is around 28 to 30. Ive taken some cheap pt, negative.. around when my AF was due i felt all the symptoms, cramping, lowe back pain, fatigue, but no AF i also felt a sharp stabbing like minor pain on my right lower side ive been hungry but nothing i see or think about seem to be something i want to eat (confusing) if been feeling mildly nauseous but i think its because im hungry.. any suggestions

    • Your test has returned negative, but you are on day 45 of your cycle. It is possible that you are pregnant. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. Take another pregnancy test at this time. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Petra!

  4. I am having a lot of early pregnancy symptoms. 2 days ago , for about 36 hours I had severe eggy discharge with a little brown in it. Right after that appeared I had some cramping ..nothing major, but I could definitely feel it.
    My temperature is slightly elevated, but I’m not really feeling ill. Some nausea …
    My cervix is high, not too far up to where I can’t touch it and soft (swollen like)..not mooshy . Been like that for the past 3 days .
    I haven’t had a period in over a year bc I had my tube tied…
    What could this be?

    • There are a variety of potential reasons for your symptoms. It is possible to become pregnant after surgery. It is possible that you are experiencing other unusual symptoms. Because of your surgery, it would be beneficial for you to visit a medical professional. Best of luck, Corey!

  5. I have a lot of pregnancy symptoms…my cervix is high and soft, but the last 48 hours maybe ..I have had so much eggy mucus discharge. It had some brown in it and right after that happened I was experiencing light lower cramp like systems.
    Here is the kicker!…I had my tube tied. I haven’t had a period in probably 2 years or so. Spotting here and there..but maybe only 5 times.
    What could this be?

    • It might just be hormonal changes, lifestyle changes, a yeast infection, stress or any other potential changes in your life. It is extremely rare to become pregnant after your tubes are tied, although it is technically possible. You can take a pregnancy test just to be sure. If you continue to have symptoms like this, you should make an appointment with your doctor to make sure an illness or infection is not at fault. Good luck, Corey!

  6. Hi,im a bit confused,i went of the pill beginning of Jan and have been ttc for the last month,i was a week late for af and on the 8th day it came. After numerous neg. tests we accepted we werent pregnant and started trying again. However im suposed to be ovulating now but the ovulation tests are negative and my energy levels have been unusually high. My cervics is high and soft but my discharch is like it is just before my period…so i have been having conflicting indications. Can you give me any suggestions?

    • It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. Take a pregnancy test in five days. You may find benefit in making an appointment with a medical professional to confirm the results of your tests. Best of luck, Laura!

  7. My last period was 07/01/2018 and lasted 4 days I was due at again 07/02/2018 but it didn’t show I have been feeling sick had cramping and tender breasts. I have done 3 hpt 2 came back negative but 1 has come back with a very faint positive. I am ttc so could I be pregnant?

    • If your last period was in August, then it is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Pregnancy test rarely have a false positive. Make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. Since it has been numerous months since your last period, you may find benefit in speaking with an emergency medical professional at this time. Confirm the results of your pregnancy tests. Best of luck, Katie!

  8. First day of my last period was January 19 but only last 4days which is unusual for me, I’m ttc but a little confuse, I’m normally on a 31cd but last month end up getting af on the 35day. My normal 31cd say ovulation is to happen on the 5 of feb but the 34cd say feb 8. Been dtd since the day after my cycle finished but I check my cervix on the 8 of feb & it’s been high & very soft even to this day. I had cramp on the right side for 3days but they weren’t bad, not really noticeable leading up to feb 8. could I possible ovulate late or could i already be pregant that’s why my cervix is still high. Af due in 8days with original 31cd

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual relationship. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Have a great day, MrsB!

  9. Hello, so the first day of my last period was January 20th. My boyfriend and I has unprotected sex 2 days after my period ended. I’ve been having period like cramps for awhile, as well as sensitive breasts. I realized a couple nights ago I had heartburn all night. I had thick discharge a week ago but haven’t had anymore. 2 days ago after using the bathroom, I noticed a needle point blood spot on the toilet paper. Today I started to feel a tad constipated and have been a little nauseous. I’ve also been experiencing back pain. I heard you can’t get pregnant right after your period but I can’t help but wonder?

    • It is possible for you to get pregnant anytime that you have unprotected sex. During certain times of your cycle, the chances are greatly reduced. It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor your symptoms for additional sign of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Ashley!

  10. Hello, so the first day of my last period was January 20th. My boyfriend and I has unprotected sex 2 days after my period ended. I’ve been having period like cramps for awhile, as well as sensitive breasts. I realized a couple nights ago I had heartburn all night. I had thick discharge a week ago but haven’t had anymore. 2 days ago after using the bathroom, I noticed a needle point blood spot on the toilet paper. Today I started to feel a tad constipated and have been a little nauseous. I heard you can’t get pregnant right after your period but I can’t help but wonder?

    • It is possible for you to get pregnant anytime that you have unprotected sex. During certain times of your cycle, the chances are greatly reduced. It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor your symptoms for additional sign of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Ashley!

  11. Hi! so i did a ovulation test on the 31 on january and throughout the 2nd they were positive and me and my SO dtd days before ovulation, after and during. My cervix is still high and mucus is still coming out but lotion like. My backs been hurting and both sides of my pelvis followed with dizzy and the feeling of nausea. Could this mean im pregnant or is this normal??

    • It is possible that that you are pregnant. It is possible that you are experiencing unusual period symptoms. Continue to monitor your symptoms at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Ambss!

  12. Hi I’m new to trying to check my cervix and a little confused about how it’s meant to feel. I’m currently ttc and 7dpo on a 25 day cycle , I’m on day 19 and ovulated on the 12th day , I’ve had lower aching back pain and stomach cramping since I ovulated feels like my AF is coming!!! My CM is white and sticky .. thanks

    • Continue to monitor the experiences you are having for additional pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test in five days. You may find benefit in speaking with a medical professional. Best of luck, Cherry!

    • It is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Brenda!

  13. Hello. My period is a week late. I took a test a few days ago and it was definitely negative. Only 1 really clear line. I’m on birth control pills. Having some symptoms but it’s like that at that time. Help please.

    • Continue to monitor your experiences for additional pregnancy symptoms. If you notice additional symptoms, then take another pregnancy test five days from now. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Ivy!

  14. Hi.
    My periods where due on the 10th of September but didn’t show up.
    I did a pregnancy test nd cme bck positive.
    The problem is i have pains on my pelvis,lower back, legs and cramp like.
    The pregnancy symptoms that i have are on and off.
    Is everything ok with my pregnancy?

    • It is possible that the experiences that you are having are symptoms of pregnancy. Your pregnancy test returned positive. You may take another test to confirm the result of your test. Make an appointment with a medical professional to confirm your test as well. They will be able to address any questions that you may have. Have a great day, Sewala!

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