Cervix in Early Pregnancy

The position of the cervix changes during early pregnancy.

The cervix lies between the vagina and uterus, and can change during various times of a woman’s life.

Not only can it move during pregnancy, but it can also move based on a woman’s menstrual cycle.

A doctor can use the position of the cervix to determine when the inception of pregnancy has occurred.

Cervix Anatomy

The cervix is part of the reproductive system of women. It’s located in the lower part of the uterus.

In women who aren’t pregnant, the cervix is only a few centimeters long (about 2-3 cm). The cervix connects the vagina and the uterine cavity.

During intercourse, sperm passes up the vagina, through the cervix, and into the uterine cavity before entering the fallopian tubes to fertilize an egg.

Cervical Mucus and Early Pregnancy

Aside from the position of the cervix, a doctor can also examine the mucus around the cervix to check for signs of early pregnancy.

This mucus is known as the cervical mucus. By examining the cervical mucus and the placement of the cervix, a doctor can tell you whether you’re pregnant.

Testing The Cervical Position

Once you learn the steps, you can determine the position of your cervix using your middle finger.

We recommend the middle finger since it’s the longest. Make sure that you wash your hands beforehand to avoid an infection.

To reduce your risk of getting an infection, it’s probably best to do this while taking a shower or right after a shower.

The cervix is typically in a lower position in the vagina once you’ve ovulated.

The cervix will feel slightly firm, and will drop to a lower position approximately one week prior to menstruation. This is known as having a low cervix.

Cervix Position During Early Pregnancy

In the early stages of pregnancy, the cervix will move up, but it won’t go up as much as it did before the pregnancy.

Around this time, the cervix may feel less firm. Many women report the cervix as feeling softer during this time.

In women who aren’t pregnant, the cervix is typically much firmer.

This happens because there’s an increased amount of blood flow entering the cervix during early pregnancy.

All this additional blood will cause the cervix to bloat and become softer.

If you regularly track your cervix, then there will be obvious differences between your cervix when you’re not pregnant and when you are.

These changes will be easily noticeable if you check often.

How Long Does It Take For Cervical Position to Rise?

It varies from woman to woman. In some women, the change happens in a matter of days.

In others, it may take up to one month for the cervix to move to a higher position.

Another clue that you can look for to see if you’re pregnant is vaginal discharge.

Once you’re pregnant, the cervix will close. As a result, the amount of cervical discharge being released will be lower.

As we mentioned earlier, doctors can examine your cervical mucus to determine if you’re pregnant.

Understanding Cervical Mucus

The main role of cervical mucus is to aid sperm in reaching the egg.

After ovulation, cervical mucus is dry since it’s no longer required for getting pregnant.

During ovulation, it becomes lighter as well as waterier. This happens so that the sperm can more easily reach its destination.

If you know what to look for, you may be able to detect changes in your cervical mucus that hint at an early pregnancy.

Don’t worry- if you can’t, a doctor can do that for you.

What Does Cervical Mucus Look Like During The Early Stages of Pregnancy?

Your cervical mucus will change once you become pregnant. It changes because cervical mucus is extremely sensitive to various hormones.

If the hormones in your body suddenly change, as in the case of pregnancy, then your cervical mucus will also change.

Specifically, it will change in consistency. In some women, cervical mucus tends to be on the lighter/waterier side during ovulation.

In others, it tends to be sticky/thick prior to menstruation.

As you progress through your pregnancy, your cervical mucus will continue to change in accordance to fluctuations in your hormone levels.

What If You See Bleeding?

A common phenomenon that happens after implantation is “Implantation Bleeding”.

Most women associate bleeding with menstruation. But this isn’t the only time it can happen.

It also happens whenever the egg gets implanted in the uterus. What should you do if you notice implantation bleeding?

The first thing you should do is buy a pregnancy test. If that comes up positive, then follow up with a doctor to confirm whether you’re actually pregnant.

Why is Tracking Cervical Position Important?

When is tracking your cervical position important? It’s important for women who are trying to get pregnant.

By tracking your cervical position, you’ll know the best time for fertility each month.

Over the long run, this will dramatically increase your chance of getting pregnant.

You can also track your cervical mucus and use that information to determine when the best time is to try and get pregnant.

Once you learn how to track your cervical position and cervical mucus, you may be able to tell when you’re pregnant without buying a pregnancy test (although you should buy one anyways to confirm the diagnosis).


The cervix in early pregnancy will change in two ways: it will change in position and it will also change in the consistency of its mucus (known as the cervical mucus).

During the early stages of pregnancy, the cervix will move up in position.

Remember that your cervical mucus is tied very closely to your hormonal levels.

Women who are pregnant tend to experience wild fluctuations in their hormone levels, which can lead to dramatic changes in cervical mucus.

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