Last Updated on March 30, 2020 by Sloane Marie
Like many parts of your body, the cervix in early pregnancy is preparing to change. As hormones in your body change, it stimulates your body to prepare for your growing child. The cervix is placed between your vagina and uterus. If you were to touch your cervix, it would feel like a thumb. During your menstrual cycle, the cervix opens and closes slightly to allow cervical mucus and vaginal discharge to leave the body. The height of the cervix and its texture will also change.
By looking at the placement of the cervix and the cervical mucus, you can figure out when you are ovulating. The position will also change when you have become pregnant. If you have been tracking your cervical position for a while, you can tell when you have become pregnant.
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The Cervix in Early Pregnancy: What to Expect When You Want to Be Expecting
The hardest part about checking your cervix in early pregnancy is knowing what is normal for your body. If you have never checked your cervix before, then you may be completely unaware of what is a high, medium or low position. When you decide to start trying for a baby, you should start tracking your cervical position. Your cervix will change position throughout the month, and your cervical mucus will change as well. If you become accustomed to how your body changes during the month, you will be able tell if you have conceived. While a pregnancy test is generally easier and more effective, your cervical position may be able to tell you if you are pregnant before you would actually get a positive result on a pregnancy test. At the very least, tracking your cervical position can help you conceive because you can learn how to tell when you are ovulating.
You can use a fertility chart to help track your cervical changes and to figure out which days are most likely for conception. On your chart, you may want to write down your cervical mucus changes, your cervical position and your vaginal temperature. Once you are used to the changes your body makes during the month, you will be better able to figure out when you are most likely to conceive.
Your Cervix in Early Pregnancy
To check your cervix, you only have to insert your finger into your vagina. Before you do this, wash your hands to prevent an infection. You may also want to do this after showering. When you check your cervix, you will generally want to be in the same sitting or standing position each day so that you have a clearer baseline for comparison. Most women use their middle finger to check their cervix since this is the longest finger.
There are certain cervical changes that typically happen during the month. When you have just ovulated, your cervix will drop to a lower level. It may feel as firm as the tip of your nose. In general, the cervix will stay in the lower position for around a week until your body prepares to menstruate. During the week right before your period starts, your cervix will feel soft and tender.
The cervix in early pregnancy will rise up. It won't be as high as it was before the pregnancy, but it will still be a little higher than it would normally be after ovulation. In texture, it will generally feel softer because of all the blood flow caused by the early pregnancy. If you were not pregnant, it would feel a bit firmer to the touch. The added blood flow in the cervix makes it feel pliable and soft.
The cervix ill normally rise a few days after conception has occurred, but this can occur as much as a month later for some women. If you want to see if you have become pregnancy, check your cervical fluid as well. Your cervical discharge changes after you become pregnant, so this is an early sign of pregnancy. The hole on the cervix closes so that the fetus can develop, which causes a reduction in cervical fluid.
What to Look for in Cervical Mucus
Your cervical mucus is used by the vagina to stay clean. Before and during ovulation, it changes to make it easier for sperm to reach the egg. Once ovulation has occurred, your mucus will become grainy or dry because ovulation has already passed. When you are currently ovulating, your cervical mucus will seem light and watery.
If you have become pregnant, your cervical mucus will change because of the changing hormones in your body. If you have not been tracking your cervical mucus, it can be difficult to spot when this change actually occurs. To make it easier to tell when you are pregnant, regularly track your cervical mucus as you try to conceive.
In early pregnancy, your cervical mucus can vary based on your body's unique chemistry. Some women will have thick discharge like they normally have right before their period, and other women have light,watery discharge like they would normally have during ovulation. Over the course of your pregnancy, your cervical mucus will continue to change in response to the the changes in your hormones.
There is one additional sign of early pregnancy to watch out for. While most women will not experience this, around a third of women may experience implantation bleeding. This occurs about 10 to 14 days after the egg was fertilized. Implantation bleeding happens because the egg burrows into the uterine wall and causes a slight amount of spotting. Implantation bleeding will normally be just light spotting that is pink or brown in color. In most cases, it lasts for just a few hours before stopping.
By tracking how your body changes during the month, you can when you have conceived. Other than looking at the cervix in early pregnancy, you can also take a pregnancy test around when your menstrual cycle was supposed to start.