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. This is a doozy! I’m 36, my tubes were tied 10 years ago. My periods are pretty exact and always on time.
    My last period was 21June, no period yet this month. And my husband and I had sex during the peak ovulation time frame after over a year (he is is deployed 11months it of the year) My Cervix is high…I have all the pregnancy symptoms, especially extreme fatigue, food aversions, bloat and my lower abdomen feels as though someone is pulling on my uterine wall from top to bottom.
    I’m telling myself it’s an extreme case of hormanal imbalance or maybe even pre menopause…..help, please!

    • It is possible that you are experiencing pregnancy. However, it is highly unlikely. It would be beneficial for you to continue to monitor your symptoms. If you feel that you would be benefited by speaking with a medical professional, then make an appointment. It may be beneficial for you to make an appointment at this time. Best of luck, Mary!

  2. Hi so I’m very confused my I’ve been checking my cervix I’ve been using an app trying to conceive and this month my period was supposed to start on the 22nd today is the 26th but before that I’ve been noticing heavy discharge and still on my cervix is starting to get higher and it’s still soft and I kind of feel my tip cervix tip of it feel small like not open but its soft and I’ve been trying to practice so I know the difference in the mucus I’m just wondering for some help because I don’t want to get my hopes up because we’ve been trying for a little over six months now

    • It is possible that you are experience symptoms of an early pregnancy. It is possible that it a sign of your menstrual cycle. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms of pregnancy. 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, Michelle!

  3. So on the 16th I got my period. It wasn’t light but definitely not heavy. I bleed for 2 day (I only wore 2 tampons during work but didn’t bleed alot when home) and I don’t know if it’s implantation bleeding. A few days later I started feeling dizzy and took a test that came back negative. Now during intercourse I feel uncomfortable. Is there still a chance I can be pregnant?

    • It is possible that you experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms 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, Shaye!

  4. I had my period on the 14th of June pretty regular 28 days cycle for the pass days have been feeling nauseous having food aggrevation frequent urination even tender breast could I be pregnant or its just PMS I would really like to know I had unprotected sex with my husband around the time I ovulated and I’ve been tracking my cervical position it’s around medium height and closed please I’d really like to know.

    • I had my period on the 14th of may 2017 I have a regular period 28 day cycle for a couple days now I’ve been feeling nauseous having food aggrevation frequent urination breast tenderness could I be pregnant?? Or it’s just pms,my cervix is medium and it’s closed..

      • It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. 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. Best of luck, Tamarkay!

    • It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms 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, Tamarakay!

    • Yes. Anytime that you have unprotected intercourse, you run the risk of becoming pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional symptoms 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, Jay!

    • Yes. Anytime that you have unprotected intercourse, you run the risk of becoming pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional symptoms 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, Jay!

  5. I went in to preterm labour at 17 weeks and lost my little boy , be for I had a possitive pregnancy test 4 days late for my period , I noticed that around a week or so be for my period was due my boobs were very full & very painful , how ever 6 months on me & partener have decided it’s time to try again , this is my 1st month in trying , we worked out ovulation date & had sex to be sure to catch ovulation every day coming up to it & after ( very tiring lol ) so it’s 9 days be for my exspected period is due , and the last couple of days I had pains in my left overy , and I have had pains in my lower abdomen on & off for 2 days now & stabbing pains in my cervix , no Obvious sore boobs , how ever after reading this article I decided to check my cervix & it’s just past medium it’s high but still reachable & it’s very very soft ( I also tracked cervical POSIsion throgh out trying , could I be pregant ? I feel pregant , but I don’t know if I could be or not , with my 1st son who is now 5 I got no signes except when I was 4 weeks exactly pregnant severe morning sickness I was convinced I had a herrific bug untill I tested 4 weeks pregnant very nausious very sick , seccind pregancy who I lost my son was sore full boobs and just extreamily nauseated every pregnancy if different I know , but I am convinced I am exsperiencing inplantation my average cycle is 28 days it cb cart somtimes

    • Can I also just had I am urinating frequently too , I feel like 9 days prior to exsoected period to how I feel a day be for my period is due with cramps , but these cramps feel slightly different to period cramps they feel like the cramping I had when I was last pregnant .. But Obviudly I won’t know for sure untill I miss my period and test positive , Iv just got a got a gut feeling , we started to try now going of on average it takes three months of tryin ( if I’m pregnant now then that’s great also ) but part of me keeps doubting thinking surly you can’t be pregant first month of trying , any replys wil be greatly apreciated , me & partener been togrther 5 years nearly and with the son we lost togrther we had had imported yet sex ( not trying or trying ) for 4 years untill I conceived with the baby we lost ..

      • It is certainly possible to become pregnant at this time. Pregnancy can happen during the first month of pregnant. People who have had sex only one time may become pregnant. Take a pregnancy test in five days and make a follow-up appointment. Best of luck, Abbey!

        • Hello thank you for your reply , I am 6-7 days away from exspexted period , & my cervix is definatly high , medium to touch in texture & medium amount of cervical mucas , what should your cervix feel like 6-7 days if your period was going arrive ? Thank you

          • Continue to monitor your experiences. Every person’s body is different. Your cervix will feel differently than the body of someone else. If you miss your period by five days, then take a pregnancy test. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Abbey

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences. It is possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your symptoms at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. You may want to speak with a medical professional at this time to ensure that there are no potential complications with a possible pregnancy. Best of luck, Abbey!

    • The position of the cervix will be different for each person. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. Reduce stress in your life. If you want to speak with a medical professional, then make an appointment. Best of luck, Cathy!

  6. Hello. I’m confused as to where my cervix should be and what kind of mucus I should be having right now. I ovulated 5 days ago and now my cervix is extremely high and soft. It is also tightly closed. Cervical mucus is a mixture of think and watery. I’ve been tracking my cervical position and mucus but this is not normal for me.

    • Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. It is possible that they are early symptoms of a pregnancy. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of the test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Ms Williams!

  7. I saw my period on may 30th.had sex with my husband on d 14th day of ovulation, I normally have painful breast after ovulation bt now my breast is just big n nt painful, my cervix is down n d mucus is watery n scanty am to c my period on 28th of June, so curious could I b pregnant.

    • It is certainly possible that you could be 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 the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Lexy!

  8. I had my period on 30 may. I had sex with my husband on 12 which is ovulation day. Now been 23 June I checked my cervix with my finger BT can’t touch it, it deep inside. Pls I want to knw. Am I pregnant

    • It is certainly possible that you could be 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 the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Lexy!

  9. hi.me and my boyfriend had sex march 14 before i go to bharain..i experience dark drown bledding april10-16.that was my last menstruation and also that was our last intercourse.but until now i dont have any menstruation aftr april.am i pregnant?im getting crazy.please answer

      • If you were pregnant from intercourse three months ago, then you would be experiencing signs of pregnancy. If your period was after your last intercourse then you are not pregnant. Have a great day, Girly!

    • If you were pregnant from intercourse three months ago, then you would be experiencing signs of pregnancy. If your period was after your last intercourse then you are not pregnant. Have a great day, Girly!

      • is it safe to intercourse after 6days of menstruation?.if i am not pregnant because i’ve had a period after intercouse then why until now i dont have a menstruation yet since May??.im confused.whats wrong with me?.

        • It is possible to become pregnant if you have unprotected intercourse at any time throughout the month. The chances increase or decrease the closer you are to your ovulation. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having 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. Best of luck, Girly!

  10. I have been experiencing pregnancy like symptoms for about two weeks now. My husband and had intercourse the day before ovulation (June 7) he did the pull method. We also had intercourse on the 8th, 9th, and 10th. Same method. I have been tired, nauseous, extremely bloated and pain in both of my groin/hip region. Took a very early pregnancy test that showed a very very faint positive line. But I have since taken three more and all have been a solid negative.im three days late and test still says negative. I’m cramping pretty bad at night and uterus feels so hard and bloated from the outside. still no sign of period and my cervix has watery discharge. Do I have a cyst or am I pregnant? Cramping is felt across the whole uterus not on just one particular side.

    • It is possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. It may also be possible that you are experiencing symptoms of another influence. You may want to make an appointment at this time. Best of luck, Marie!

  11. Hi I have pcos I don’t get my period like ever well may 17 I started my period the 24 is when I ended I had sex on the 17th and the on the 24 ,25 , 26 , 27 , 28 , 29 , 30 . 1 , 2 , 3 i had intercourse ever one of the days at least 2-3 times in those dates . Now it June and I was suppose to have my period June 17 and now it June 22 and I still not got my period . I have creamy white mucus too and last month was the first time I had a normal period 7 days long and my menestral thing is 30 days pleases give me info pleases keep in mind I have pcos

    • Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. It is possible that you are having an unusual period. It is also 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, Samantha!

  12. so my period normally lasts about 5 or 6 days and I had intercourse on about the last day. I wasn’t bleeding the next day at all. But I had read that healthy sperm could survive up to 5 days after ejaculation in a woman’s reproductive system, and if you had sex on day 6 of your period bleeding, the sperm could potentially survive until day 11, ovulation day. Having the sperm present and waiting at the time of ovulation could most definitely end up in pregnancy. I’ve been having symptoms such as nausea, head aches, cramping, urinating more than usual, and sensitive breasts. I took 2 pregnancy tests back to back and they both said negative. Am I expecting or what??

    • It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are having at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. If you want to make an appointment earlier, then make an appointment at this time. Best of luck, Bre!

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