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. Me and my boyfriend don’t use any sort of protection. Last month my period came around the 18th, but I’ve been dizzy, I’ve fainted once, I’ve never fainted before . I’m having cramps like I would on my period and when I sneeze/cough I have a sharp pain in my cervix. I’ve been tired, moody I’very been more sensative, my boyfriend can say something and I’ll cry. could I be pregnant.?

    • It seems like you may have commented twice on this post. I have to answer each comment individually before it is approved, so it may take a little while for it to appear sometimes. If your comment is not posted right away, do not worry because it will be. Read through my first response and let me know if you need any more help. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Me and my boyfriend don’t use any for of protection. Las month my period came around the 18th, but I’ve been dizzy, I’ve fainted once, I’ve never fainted before . I’m having cramps like I would on my period and when I sneeze/cough I have a sharp pain in my cervix, could I be pregnant.?

    • While it is possible that you could be pregnant, these symptoms could be caused by a severe urinary tract infection or an STI. Your best option is to go to your doctor right away and get checked out. Fainting, severe cramps and cervical pain are not generally signs of a pregnancy, so it is important that you seek out medical attention right away. Stay safe, Nikki!

  3. OK, I have my period last month it ended around the 5th. I had bleeding again around the 15-18, it wasn’t much I just wore a panty liner. And now I haven’t started my period for this month. My breast are sore, I have cramping, I took a test almost 2 weeks ago and it was negative. I honestly gave up on ttc. Can I please have some input. Thanks in advance.

    • You should take a pregnancy test again. The timing and intensity of your last period makes it sound like it was possibly implantation bleeding. If it was, it would have been too early for the pregnancy test to be accurate. Take another pregnancy test. Whatever the results, you should either go to the doctor for a prenatal exam or to get checked out for these cramps. Good luck, Anonymous!

  4. My husband and I have been trying for a second child for four months now on 8/23 we had fun right after my period. Now I am having cramping which I only have during my period. I have checked my cirvix and it is really high and soft. I also have done the math and it lines up too but I am not sure. Could it be that I was having implementation signs. No bleeding but I didn’t do that with my first.

    • It would be about the right time for ovulation, and some women experience cramps right as implantation occurs. It is too early to know for sure yet though, so I would be cautious about getting your hopes up until you have actually missed your period. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you though! Good luck, Kim!

  5. Well so far my period is 2 days late, cycle day 33 and had spotting (possible implantation) on the 19-20th of last month. I tested this morning and got a negative. Checked my cervix and its high, closed, semi-firm. Creamy type cervical mucus.

    None of this makes any sense ??

    • Your period could still come, although the spotting around implantation seems positive. Wait two to three days to test again. If you are pregnant, your pregnancy hormones double every few days, so the test will be more accurate. Best of luck, Makenna M.!

  6. Hi, Looking for some advice.
    Im 7 days late for my period which is very unusual for me. Iv been getting the cramps as if its coming but nothing is happening. Iv been checking my cervical position, its high hard & closed. I keep feeling sick, my boobs are a little sore and im rather tired. Iv taken 4 pregnancy tests and all negative,with my last pregnancy 8 year’s ago i had a bfp before my period was due, so im feeling so confused 🙁 . I think i may of ovulated a week later than usual on this cycle for some strange reason. so could it be that my period will show up a week later or could i actually be pregnant. This waiting game is awful, if my period hasnt shown in the next 2 days i shall get a doctors appointment.

    • Cramps can happen in early pregnancy, although a pregnancy test should show at least a faint positive by this point. I would go ahead and take another pregnancy test in a few days–your pregnancy hormones would double every few days at this point, so it should show positive by then. If you are pregnant or if your period still has not started in another week, you will want to go to your doctor to get check out. Good luck and stay safe, Kelly!

  7. Hi, my period was two days late and I had white creamy discharge, then i had really light bleeding with no cramps for a few days..cervix has not dropped, Then tonight (about 3-4 days later) I had sex and after I noticed some pink blood, only noticeable when wiping, I’m curious as to if its possible that I’m pregnant..

    • It’s always possible. Implantation bleeding is generally light, although it occurs a bit earlier than what you have described. For more information, you can check out some of the articles on kids-video.ru that cover implantation bleeding, when it occurs and what it looks like. Good luck, Taylor!

    • It is possible that you are having a late period and it is possible that you are pregnant. Any major lifestyle changes – such as diet or exercise – will have an influence on your period. Take another pregnancy test in five days for additional information. Keep track of the experiences that you are having so you can best answer your doctor’s questions in the future.

  8. I have been trying to conceive for 3 months, I am 1 day late now. I have a low Cervix and very little cervical mucus. To nervous to take a test. I think I’ll wait a week.

    • You are wise to wait a while before you test. It is possible that a test now would be too soon to give you an accurate determination. At this time, take note of the changes that you are experiencing so you can best answer any questions that you or your doctor may have in the future. Continue to remain positive as you move forward.

  9. I’m 10 day late for my period and keep getting faint line on home test. I have signs of pregnancy. My CP is high, soft and closed. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant and its frustrating not getting a clear answer. Does anyone have any advice. Please I need some help. I have 2 kids already but my youngest is 9. So it’s been a long time since I’ve been pregnant.

    • Since your test comes back with a feint line, it is likely that you are pregnant. It would be wise of you to make an appointment with a doctor to get confirmation. Congratulations on your possible pregnancy. Be sure to keep note of the experiences that you are having so you can best answer your medical professional’s questions in the future.

  10. We have been trying for nearly 20 months – 2 months ago we had a chemical pregnancy and I had all the symptoms that I could think of. Since then we have found out that my progesterone levels are low in my leutal phase, so my naturopath put me on vitex. This month my temps have raised and been the highest they have even been, i have a regular 28 day cycles and this month I have missed my period, no symptoms other than high soft cervix and lotion like cervical mucus however got a BFN on the test.

    • Because you are working with your doctor and you are taking supplements, it would be most wise of you to speak with your doctor about your questions. I am not familiar with Vitex enough to give you additional information. If you find that this doctor is not solving your problems and not answering your questions, then perhaps it would be wise to find another doctor. At this time, it is most important that you remain mindful and positive.

  11. I’ve been ttc for 16 months now. I’m not completely regular but currently on my 4th cycle of clomid. I’m currently 14 dpo with a 15 day LP and yesterday when checking my CM I pulled out this big glob of what looked like snot. It was in a ball and resembled jelly. It was a little stretchy and clear but not as stretchy as ewcm. I’ve had two more occurrences of this happening since but with smaller blobs. Took a hpt cheapie this morning and bfn. What was that? Could I still be pregnant?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant and it is possible that you are not pregnant. Your description says to me that you are not pregnant. However, take another pregnancy test in five days to gather more information. I am not certain as to what you have experienced, but it would be best to take note of it. This way you can ask your doctor questions with as much accurate detail as possible. Remain positive as you move forward, E.Y.!

  12. I had and IUD for 1 1/2 yrs and always had my cycle once a month, it never stop. I just got it removed July 25, 2016 and since then I have had a 5-6 day cycle every 14 days exactly. Im now concern if im pregnant or not because I have not had a cycle within the 14 days idk if my body is getting back to how it was before the IUD or if I pregnant according to the 14 day cycle im 5 days late and have pregnancy symptoms like the softing of the uterus I took a test and it showed up as a faint line later that night so could I be pregnant?? I have 3 girls already and hoping for a boy. ?

    • If your test showed up positive, then it is almost certain that you are pregnant. It would be wise to take a second test in five days. I am sure that your daughters are looking forward to a new sibling. Take note of the changes that you are experiencing so you ca answer your doctor’s questions in the future. Because your history with the IUD, it is probably best to speak with a doctor when you are able so you can have any specific questions answered regarding pregnancy.

  13. My last period started on the 7th of this month and I had unprotected sex 13th. My cycle is 24 days so my period is due today but I think I’ve been having symptoms of pregnancy (although I barely have an appetite but i usually don’t, no heightened sense of smell, not tired more than the usual, no tears but I slip into a mood once in a while…hey! who doesn’t?). My lower back hurts mildly and I feel crampy in my lower abdomen more on the right side than left ( I’m curious to know, generally, if the crampy feeling 1-2 days to due period can be a sign of being pregnant too). My boobs also feel really tender and heavier than usual. I just tried this cervix thing and I could only go up to the first knuckle of my middle finger. Not sure if I felt the cervix but something felt firm,not hard like I cant press with a little pressure but just firm. Oh and my finger came out wet, with some cervical mucus.Do these mean I’m pregnant? I’m scared to test. Your response would mean a lot.

    • Because of the multiple signs that you have shared, it is certainly possible that you are pregnant. It would be wise of you to take a pregnancy test as soon as you are able. For now, take note of the experiences that you are having so you can best answer your doctor’s questions in the future. If you find that your condition is concerning or becomes more powerful, then make an appointment with a medical professional. Remain positive, Lee!

  14. I have had irregular cycles my whole life. I’m 33 years old and it’s still hard to track my cycle. Sometimes it’ll last for 5 days stop 6 days come right back and last 7 days then may stop for a month and a half. I’ve also checked my cervical mucus and sometimes it’s all of the consistencies. I’ve even taken pregnancy test and they all say negative but I have 2 beautiful children. Now my last cycle day was July 6 and I haven’t had a cycle since.

    • If I were you, I would keep a bunch of cheap pregnancy tests on hand just to check. It is very, very rare, but there are some women who do not get positive results when they are pregnant–my sister was one of them. A blood test by your doctor would show for sure if you are pregnant or not. It must be very frustrating for you when you are trying to conceive to have such irregular periods–you are a stronger person than me!

  15. Hi my LMP was 7-25-16—7-28-16 (4) days always on time never spot during Ovulation. So my next expected period was for the 25th of Aug. I started spotting on the evening of the 23rd it was between a dark & light brown color that changed to dark brown & pink very mucusy & not as heavy as my normal flo. It lasted 2days(23-24) .. The day my period was supposed to come the spotting stopped. Again never had this happen before. I took a PG TEST this a.m. BFN. MY ? Is did my period come in thru the spotting or did I test to early? Was cramping during the spotting w/ mild backaches, increased appetite. Joint pain in my left elbow socket as well as my right leg, acne, heartburn etc. Any reply would b appreciated

    • Your period may have just been irregular. The test should have been accurate since you took it after your menstrual cycle started. The stress of wanting to conceive and other stresses from your life could have affected your period and made it different than normal. If you are still concerned, you can get a pregnancy test from the dollar store just to make sure. Good luck, Chitarra Cole!

  16. I am 13dpo and my cervical mucus is like snot (lacK of a better way to say it). I have noticed a significant increase in mucus and I do not normally have a lot of mucus before my period. It is a lot, I constantly go to the bathroom because it is so much and I think my period is on but, no period anywhere in sight. Not even the burning sensation I get days before it. I do not know if I am feeling my cervix, I feel what feels like a lip maybe, nothing hard as my nose or thumb. Could I be pregnant, fingers crossed!

    • You could be, but there is no way to know for sure without a pregnancy test. You should be getting pretty close to your normal menstrual cycle now though, so you could probably take a pregnancy test and find out if you want. False positives almost never happen–although there can be false negatives if your pregnancy hormones have not risen enough yet. Good luck, TLH–I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  17. Hi, I’m trying to figure out what’s going on with me. I had a very odd period, 8th and 9th I spotted on the 10th I had very watery reddish brown blood and on the 11th I spotted for a few hours and then nothing. Since then my cervix has been high soft and closed with a lot of milky white cervical mucus. I have not had any signs of ovulation and have been having multiple pregnancy symptoms. I tested yesterday but couldn’t tell if it was a faint positive or and indent line. I’m not supposed to start again until September 5th so when should I retest?

    • You will have to retest again. From the sound of it, you could be pregnant. A pregnancy test won’t show if you are pregnant or not until you are closer to the date that you would have missed your period. Give it another week and test again. Good luck, Heather!

  18. Hi, I’m trying to figure out what’s going on with me. I had a very odd period this month, I spotted on the 8th and 9th passed very watery reddish brown blood on the 10th spotted a few hours on the 11th and then nothing. Since then my cervix has been high soft and closed with a lot of milky white discharge. Just checked again this morning and it’s still the same. My temperature is around 99.1 and I have been having all kinds of symptoms. I tested yesterday but I couldn’t tell if it was a faint line or an indent and I’m not supposed to have another cycle until the September 5th. When should I retest

    • If you are pregnant, your hCG levels will double very fast, so testing in 3-5 days will let you know if you are pregnant or not for sure. Your period could have changed because of hormonal fluctuations, or it could be due to a medical condition. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor.

    • This is literally the exact problem I am having down to the same exact days. My husband and I have been trying to conceive the last two months and not knowing is so frustrating.

      • It can be very frustrating, but don’t worry–it’ll happen. The cruelest joke of all by Mother Nature is that women spend most of their lives trying not to get pregnant, and when they finally want a child, it takes months to conceive. Once your body returns to normal, it should be a bit easier for you to conceive. Good luck, Tollie!

  19. I had my last cycle on July 13. Next cycle schedule for Aug 13, got my IUD removed on Aug 8 after having it for 9 1/2 years, and I have yet to start therefore I am 11 days late. Is this normal for the removal process? I Have had unprotected sex since removal.

    • When you go off of any birth control, your body can take some time to adjust. It is highly likely that your late period was just caused by this. Since you did have unprotected sex though, I would take a pregnancy test just to be safe. If you are 11 days late for your expected period, the pregnancy test should be accurate.


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