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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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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