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Position of Your Cervix in Early Pregnancy

on Feb 10, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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Position of Your Cervix in Early Pregnancy

The position and texture of the cervix can be an alternative way for a woman to tell whether or not she is ovulating or whether she is pregnant.

The cervix during ovulation

For many women, the position of the cervix is an important sign of what is going on in a woman’s cycle. Many women use the position of their cervix to help give them clues about what portion of their cycle they are experiencing. As a woman approaches ovulation, her cervix will become soft. It is often positioned higher in a woman’s body during this time, and may feel wet and open. After a woman ovulates, her cervix closes, lowers in the body, and feels firm and dry. The position and texture of the cervix can be an alternative way for a woman to tell whether or not she is ovulating. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The cervix during pregnancy

Women who use the position of the cervix to determine whether or not they are ovulating may wonder if they can also use the position or texture of the cervix to tell if they are pregnant before a pregnancy test can tell them. This is sometimes true, but not always. The cervix does change during the early days of pregnancy, but not at the same time for every woman. Some women might see the change in their cervix right away, and other women might not see the change for a very long time. When pregnancy occurs, the cervix rises up and becomes softer. However, there is no way to tell when this will happen in any particular case. Sometimes, it happens within days of conception, but other times, it might not happen well into the first month of pregnancy. It is not a reliable indicator of pregnancy, so women should be advised not to use this as their only means of determining whether or not they are pregnant.

Don’t count on it

Women should use caution when using the position and texture of their cervix to determine whether or not they are pregnant. The position of the cervix alone is not a reliable way to tell if a woman is pregnant. If a woman thinks that she might be pregnant, she should wait until she is able to take a home pregnancy test. If she is unable to wait that long, a woman can also visit her doctor’s office to have a blood pregnancy test done. Blood pregnancy tests are often able to detect pregnancy earlier than home pregnancy tests. As you can see, while the position of the cervix does change during pregnancy, it is not a reliable indicator of a pregnancy.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Megan

    so me and my boyfriend had sex friday and i an starting to hurt, my boobs hurt and i’m cramping and my period isn’t due for another 2 weeks my friends claim that there is a “glow” that they never seen on me before is there a posibility i might be pregnant?, can you give me the earliest signs of a pregnancy?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Since you had sex two weeks earlier than your menstrual period, there is a good chance that you might be pregnant. Two weeks before your menstrual cycle is considered to be your ovulation period, and having sex within this period can possibly get you pregnant. In addition, the early signs of pregnancy usually include cramps, swelling of the breasts, fatigue and nausea.

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  • Jenny

    My boyfriend and I have had sex the day before and day after ovulation, its a week past and a week before my expected period and I checked my cervix (I know its not so safe to do yourself, I made sure to be careful and clean and relaxed) and it is high, soft, yet the OS is closed. I’ve been doing some research (I haven’t gone to an actual doctor yet, I’ll do that after possible late period/positive test) and a high, soft, closed OS could mean you’re pregnant. Is this true?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Knowing that a high, soft and closed OS can imply various things, I do recommend that you have a check-up with your doctor immediately in order for you to determine if you’re pregnant or not. In order for you to be sure, you can also take pregnancy tests that can simply detect if you’re pregnant in just a couple of hours.

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  • Annie

    I had sex on the last day of my period which was 8th May I had a period again on the 27 th till 1June it’s now 27th of June and no period am I pregnant?

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  • Jo

    I am 5days late LMP was May 24th and its been regular since Jan. Ive had sex this mth a few times but all my results are Neg and my blood test was neg…

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  • unsure

    I had the Mirena iud inserted in April 2012. For the past 4 weeks I’ve been having weird symptoms nausea every day but worse in am. Mild headaches. Aversion to foods and drinks I normally like. Different sensations in lower pelvis. I thought it might be a virus or something hormonal related to the iud. However, the symptoms keep getting stronger. I don’t get periods with the iud maybe spot a touch here or there. I don’t think Ive had any spotting this month. I can feel the strings on my iud but my cervix has felt weird for the past couple weeks. Its usually really firm but it’s all swollen and squishy and has this white mucousy stuff. I’m getting annoyed and weired out. Yesterday it dawned on me that i felt this way with my daughter. I took a pregnancy test yesterday but it was negative. I know I had sex last june 9th before my huband was gone until this past week. Did I test to early or is the Mirena messing with my hormones. The only two bits of information is I breastfeed my sixteen month old twice daily and with my two other children it took so long for my pregnancy tests to read poditive even though I had symptoms for many weeks. Help

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  • hopelesslytryin

    ive been ttc for about a year and a half now. and I had sex with my fiancé during my fertile days last month and normally when we have unprotected sex I end up getting my period withing about two weeks after that. but this time it’s been almost four weeks and still no sign of AF. normally my boobs start to hurt a few days before and then I get super moody and want chocolate all the time. then by like the day before I’ll start to get cramps and a pale pink discharge. but this month has been very different. about four or five days ago my breasts started to get sore and continue to get worse, I’ve had occasional waves of nausea throughout the last two days and my cervix is soft and high and I don’t feel like my period is coming anytime soon. normally it’s very obvious to me and normally there isn’t much time between cycles. I would like to be pregnant very much but if so I would only be 4w5ds and I took a hpt today and it was negative. I hate this monthly guessing game and I don’t have insurance to go to a doctor to question fertility and all that so I was just hoping maybe someone could tell me if this sounded like a good or bad sign.

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  • nikkimiles

    im into 38days of my cycle I’ve took four test and all negative my period is 7 days late can sum one tell me what to do

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  • Ashley

    Me and my fiance had sex june 8 without protection I’ve had sore breasts nausea constipation mood swings I’ve been sleeping 12 to 14 hours aday my fiance is thinkin I’m pregnant but tha catch is my best friend say I’m developing a glow but I’ve took pregnancy tests and I also had my menstrual cycle but all the symptoms and everything are the complete same. Please help me figure out if maybe me and my fiance have a chance of having a family.
    Sincerely,
    A..

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  • shana

    Hello. My last period started 6/1/2013 they are normally 4 days. Cycle average 26/28 days . I had sex with my boyfriend everyday from 6/13-6/17. And my period came again 6/27/2013. It lasted 3 days on the 3rd day we had sex again and it stopped altogether. Its not 07/31/13 I was expecting my period on the 25/26th. It hasnt come yet. Only difference I noticed and I’m unsure if its even related but my urine is clear. My cervix is normally tilted forward with a curve. Now its pushed back I can barley touch it. I’ve had a few headaches here and there. I’m never ever late on my period. Could I be pregnant or does this sound more like another medical issue? I’ve gotten 4 neg. Hpt. :-( . Dr appt in twelve days for blood test.

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  • christina

    Mirena out august 8th. was in for 4 months.. Lmp (light) july 28th. Bled 2 days after removal for 5 days. Now august 22nd. Could i be pregnant or count bleeding post removal as period?

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  • Danielle Elame

    To me you definately sound pregnant. You have too many symptoms not to be. Get a blood test and ask how much for it will put your mind at ease. Good luck

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  • mikay lala

    hi im so scared of whats going on with me right now..twice happened to me that i had sex with my boyfriend and i was bleeding.. i missed my period this month but i use a pregnancy test and it go negative.. and i tried to put my finger inside my vagina and i feel something inside.. im sooo scared right now please any idea about this?

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  • angel

    Period 12 days late and period before that lasted 3 days. Now I have nausea breast hurt certain food make me sick. Getting tired

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  • Stargazerlily

    I had a positive HPT. Then three days later I had bleeding with cramping. Went to the doctor had sonogram, nothing visual indicating I was pregnant. Had also pelvic exam, except dr. mentioned my cervix was closed. They had blood work taken but I haven’t heard back. Giving them till tomorrow for results. I previously had an early miscarriage back in June. Should I be concerned? Am I possibly still pregnant? Still waiting on my obgyn to call back with test results.

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  • Mini27

    It’s been 12 weeks since my last period I have so many symptoms like cramps heartburn constipation my boobs now have visible veins and are leaking clear liquid I’ve had 12 test n out those 12 one was + and a – blood test what should I do next?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    What you have been experiencing (nausea, breast tenderness, lethargy) could be an early sign of pregnancy. What you can do is take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after your missed period and first thing in the morning as your first morning urine contains the highest concentration of hCG for reliable results.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    The best thing to go about this is to visit your doctor and have further tests done to figure out exactly what is going on with your body. There could be a lot of reasons why you missed your periods and having those kinds of symptoms. Also, an ectopic pregnancy usually comes out negative in pregnancy tests and could be dangerous for you so you need to make an appointment to your doctor just to be sure.

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  • cheyenne

    I am on birth control, but I’ve had break through bleeding several various months bit have been unable to go back to the Dr to get it changed. I am currently 3 days into the off pills that allow you to have a period, but have not started yet. this has never happened although I did Herbert light spotting a week ago. I took a preg test but it came back negative. my cervix is soft but I’m not really sure if it would be considered “high.” some body help please! Am I likely to still be pregnant even though the test showed negative after a period of 3 days late??

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  • cheyenne

    *I did have … not Herbert lol

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  • Alexandria Eastman

    My husband and I have been trying to concieve for the last 8months. Last month I started my MC on 3rd and after about 3 or 4 weeks I had all kinds of symptoms breast tenderness, tired alot, hunger and sometimes food made me nauseas, but the my MC started the 29th…which has never happened. This month my Ovulation from the 10th-16th and we attempted again, this time instead of 3 -6 times we have been trying every other day, since my MC stopped. and 4 times within the 10th-16th. It is the 23rd and I feel a little different but I don’t want to get my hopes up. I have a 3 yr old so I know I can get Pregnant but I was also diagnosed with Intersistial cystitis this passed year and have been having bladder dilation proccedures so they can put medicine in my bladder every 5- 6 months…I have had it twice. Could this cause me to have trouble concieving?

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  • Confused

    Hello! My LMP WAS 9-18-13 and I normally have a 32 day cycle. My husband and I had sex the first week of September (right around ovulation). Now in October, I am 5 days late. Could I be pregnant since I had my period?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    It is still possible that you are pregnant. To be certain, take a pregnancy test two weeks after the day you missed your period. Do it first thing in the morning for reliable results.

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  • susana

    Ok I am about 5weeks pregnant and I had some light pain in my vagina and I felt my cervix when putting a finger in is this.normal?

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  • tonemachado

    I had my lmp 11/16/13 and I’ve been feeling bloated and my stomach doesn’t feel normal.. is still to early to take a test but could my feeling mean I’m pregnant? I don’t usually feel bloated when I’m about to get my pierods. my breasts are somewhat sore but they were more sore when I was getting off of my period.

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  • Guest

    Hi I’m 17, I was suppose to get my period today but it never showed up. I took 2 Clearblue tests and they both had a faint positive on them with in minutes. My boobs hurt and I’m sick VERY dizzy! Please help. My lat Period Was December 6… Hmm Help? I had Implanon Insertion in 2010 I got it taking out Aug. 2013…

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  • Jennifer Bryan

    Hey there…17 yr. old…YES…I WOULD DEFINITELY SAY YOU’RE PREGNANT.. IF YOU DON’T HAVE INSURANCE THERE ARE MANY FREE PREG TESTING PLACES. GOOGLE THEM IN YOUR AREA. FYI…ANY FAINT + U GOT SHOWS U R DEF. PREG AS IT WILL ONLY PICK UP THE HORMONE IF U R. FAINT POSITIVESR DUE TO BEING SO EARLY ALONG..
    THEY WILL GET DARKER THE FURTHER ALONG U ARE. :)

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  • Jennifer Bryan

    Let me know how Ur doing & if u need any other help :)

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  • Kim

    It’s almost the end of the month and I haven’t had my period yet, I had some spotting the first couple days and didn’t have anymore after that. I have taken 3 tests, each digital and about a week in between taking each one, all came out negative, but my period still isn’t here. Am I sick? Am I pregnant? Am I just stressing myself out to the point where my period is delayed?

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  • KP907

    So my periods are regular I have them on or around the 16th every month, well last month I started the 16th and stopped on the 19th then again on the 26th to the 29th, I’m on the implanon and I’ve had it since October 2012 I’m cramping yet still haven’t even started spotting what so ever my breasts are a little tender and I’ve been having a few pregnancy symptoms what do you think it might be. And I’ve had periods every month since I’ve had the implanon put it after my second child.
    I’ve got pregnant on the Yasmin pill with both of my sons. I’m just worried because I’ve taken 3 at home pregnancy tests the first was negative, second was negative with the very faint plus sign towards it, and the third came out negative …

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  • Evelyn

    My last period was January 3, 2014 and lasted 4 days and my cycle was 26 days as it always has been. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex twice during my most fertile days 2 weeks before my next period was due.I’ve always had normal period with pms symptoms 1 week before. This time I had no symptoms and was 9 days late then the next day Feb 7th had heavy cramping and had bleeding with mucus for 1 day then the next day no bleeding at all. Can I be pregnant? I have taken 2 home pregnancy test that were both negative.

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  • Misty Kirby

    i was wondering if pregnancy can really be all in ur head? i can all symptoms like fatigue, bloating,moody,i have the little bumps on my areola, hurts when i push on my breast, i always feel over heated, i have barely no energy, and more….i also have felt little flutters, bubbles and sometimes my tummy is feeling like it doing hurdles. its all mainly on my left side. what do u think??

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  • GMMS

    Hello! My last period started Dec. 31 and ended Jan 5th, and I had sex Jan 18th. But since then I haven’t had my period? Could I be pregnant?

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  • Preg w/ Challenges

    An exame revealed the cervix has dropped during 17th week of pregnancy. Doctor performed a procedure to enforce cervix.

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  • krissyc

    i and my husband have been trying for sometime and I missed my period for a week and then i had some minor dark red and pinkish bleeding for a day or 2. Iv’e take 4 test and they are all negative but I am having minor cramps and nausea. I have tried to check my cervix and it’s closed and soft. Could I be pregnant?

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  • Michelle

    I have had a cooper iud for 4 years now this is the 1st month im late neg pregnancy test. I’m 3 days late. Now when i have sex when we are done I go to the bathroom and there is 2 drops of light pinkish blood. whats going on with me??

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  • eeeeeeeee

    EllaBabe19a day ago

    Im 23 years old and sexually active with my fiance..I used to get my period regularly every month..Though its late for a couple of days to a week..But now Im confuse,my last period was January 18,2014 and its almost 2 months after that and Auntie Flo didnt show up..I have taken Pregnancy test last March 1 but it says Negative..Since then i havent take one more test til now..I feel my Boobs are heavy and full,my nipples sometimes are too sensitive and itchy and sore..I have crampings also,i feel pain in my lower abdominal at lower back sometimes,i want to drink a lot of water and yet always want to pee..I am moody at times and emotional..I cant sleep at night but i wake up earlier in the morning than my usual routine and i have frequent headache..Whats going on me??Should i try to take a Pregancy Test again??Im so confuse!!Please help me..

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  • Tralala

    The last time i had sex it was safe, now im 11 days late and took 9 pregnancy clearblu tests all were negative. Im going crazy.

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  • cassie

    Hi I just had my period start a few days ago, but my cervix feels really high, soft and kind of closed. It is very short feeling when it feels like a small thumb inside. I have sore breasts and always seem hungry which I ever am, and I seem to have to much saliva in my mouth. I also had sex 2 days after when I was suppose to ovalate. My mucous was very clear watery and just was a lot. I also had really bad pain on both sides. It freaks me out since I have had my period and a negative test. I though it was supposed to be low and hard before and after ovulation. If anyone has answers please help.

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  • TTCLADIEE14

    I checked my cervix it is soft and firm and very wet so i dont know if thats ovulation also My period is due tomorrow. I had some Yellow stringy and clearish discharge for the first time can someone help me i am trying to conceive. Thanks in advance

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  • Paige

    My boyfriend and I had sex a few times this month. A couple times 20 something days before my period was to start and once last week. None though in time for ovulation or anything. I didn’t ovulate until this week AND he didn’t ever finish inside me and I know for a fact.
    I’ve felt cramps the lAst two days after exercise, my boobs have been tender but no worse than usual, and I’ve been kinda irritable. My discharge is te white milkfish looking stuff and I’m barely having any. This sounds normal right? My cervix has been high soft wet and open but earlier it was lower and firmer.

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  • dazaun rose

    Hi I been on depo one time but decided to get off and didn’t get my last shot …its been 2 months sinceand me and boyfriend had sex and his sperm went in me I just don’t have any pregnancy symptoms well before I had some nausea problems sometimes and I had a been eating a llittle bit more but that’s it no period please help

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  • lizzy

    My last period was on the 25th of april. Took a preg test on sunday the 25th of may but came out neg
    I have sore nipples and nausea bloating and gas. Could I be pregnant

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  • frankie

    I have checked my cervix today and it was positioned high, it was soft, wet and slightly open. I have been cramping some and had fluttering in my lower stomach. My breast are tender and nipples are sore. Im also 3 days late on my period. What can that mean?

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  • toyawes

    i am 26 years old and I am 2 days late on my period. I checked my cervix and it is high and tightly closed. It normally would have drop if period was about to start. I do not take my temp. so I do not know about that, but I have been experiencing cold like symptoms. I feel like im running a temp but I’m not. This would be my first baby if I am please help.

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  • Shirley

    My last period was June the 3rd an I took a HPT an it came back negtive what dose this mean?

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  • Shirley Wallace

    My last period was June the 3rd an I took a HPT today an it came back negtive could I still be pregnant?

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  • Cortney

    About a week ago my cervix was low and firm. Today my cervix is high and soft. I was suppose to start my period today and did not. I took. A pregnancy test and it was negative. I’m having light cramping on both sides of my ovaries. Last month I was on birth control my period started and I only spotted on the first and last day. In may I had a miscarriage and lost a lot of blood. So much I could have needed a blood transfusion. Could I be pregnant and this time it’s not showing up? Please help

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  • Angel

    I am 3 weeks late today. LMP was June 2nd and I have 25 day cycle. We have been trying to conceive for a couple of months now and had sex 2 days before I ovulated. The last week of June I had horrible pregnancy symptoms, like everything in the book except for vomiting. Then on July 2nd, when I was 4w5d my symptoms stopped completely. All hpt have come back negative but with my daughter I never got a positive one either. I have a couple of questions: If I was pregnant with twins and lost one could that explain the loss in symtoms? Could I still be pregnant? If not, shouldn’t I have started to bleed or cramp or something by now? I have no pregnancy symptoms but I also have no AF symptoms and I have had no bleeding, not one drop, since AF ended on June 5th.

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