In early pregnancy, changes take place in the position and texture of the cervix and the consistency and color of cervical discharge. Tracking changes in the cervix can help a woman detect whether she is pregnant.

The cervix is a circular band of muscle that separates the uterus from the vagina. The cervix changes at different points in the menstrual cycle and throughout the stages of pregnancy.

In this article, we look at how the cervix and cervical discharge change in the early stages of pregnancy. We also discuss how women can check their cervix for changes.

How does the cervix change?

The cervix undergoes various changes throughout the menstrual cycle and in early pregnancy, which we discuss in the following sections.

Position

During the early stages of pregnancy, the cervix undergoes many changes.

When a woman is not pregnant, the position of her cervix changes throughout the stages of the menstrual cycle:

  • During ovulation, the cervix is higher in the vagina.
  • After ovulation and before menstruation, if the woman has not become pregnant, the cervix drops lower in the vagina.

If a woman has conceived, the cervix will remain higher in the vagina, with its position being similar to that during ovulation.