Sunday, December 23, 2012

How should the cervix be in early pregnancy?

Q. During the first few weeks of pregnancy, how should the cervix feel; soft/hard, high/low, open/closed?

A. During pregnancy, the cervix will rise a bit and become softer, but the timing of this happening will vary from woman to woman. For some, this will happen shortly before their period is due, but for other, this will not happen until quite a while after their pregnancy has been confirmed.

When does your cervix close in early pregnancy?
Q. I just took a HPT about a week ago and got a positive result. My first appt. with the OB is in two weeks. I have been reading about cervix changes in early pregnancy. Mine seems to be hard and open(sorry). I think I should be about 5 weeks pregnant due to LMP Sept. 19-24. Very curious about this because I am so anxious about waiting two weeks for my appt. and worried about anything going wrong..

A. It should close right away, but if you have been pregnant before, it may feel like it is slightly open but it's closed. I am 12 weeks and mine still feels open to me but my doctor assured me that it's closed and told me it feels this way to previously having children. I am sure you are fine.

How long does ovulation last and how long does your cervix supposed to stay soft?
Q. I ovalated on the 12 of Jan, and was intimate with my husband on the 11 of Jan. I was told that if my cervix is soft and high which it is, then that means I'm pregnant, but was also told that it may be to soon.

A. Ovulation doesn't 'last', but your egg, once released, can live for 12-24 hours waiting to be fertilized. At ovulation your cervix should be high, soft, open. After ovulation it will lower and become firm again.

Cervical position and texture isn't a reliable indicator of early pregnancy.

How do you check your cervix?
Q. I have been told that you can feel your cervix/uterus to see if you are ovulating or if your pregnant? How do you do this? I know it's with your finger, but what are you feeling for?

A. During ovulation the cervix is SHOW (soft, high,open and wet). Around the time of menstruation the cervix is low and hard. I've heard OB/GYNs making this analogy when referring to a pregnant vs. non-pregnant cervix: A non-pregnant cervix feels like a hard, unripe piece of fruit, while a pregnant cervix is more like an almost over-ripe plum. It becomes very tender and engorged with blood, especially early on in pregnancy.In the early stages of pregnancy you may notice that your cervix will rise a bit and become softer, but the timing of this happening will vary from woman to woman. You may see the change in your cervix shortly before your period is due or you may not feel this for several weeks.As the pregnancy progresses you will probably have an increase in vaginal discharge, but the cervical mucous is fairly minimal during pregnancy.

Some women may notice a change in their cervix in very early pregnancy but cervical position is not a good sign of pregnancy. That is because the cervix changes not only from woman to woman but from day to day and could even be different in the same woman at different times of the day.

I would recommend to check your cervix right after your period ends and check it every day, at the same time, in the same position. That way you know how your cervix is suppose to feel at what point during your cycle and if it doesn't feel that it's suppose to you could use that to help you determine pregnancy. For a woman that doesn't check her cervix regularly I would say it's next to impossible to determine if she's pregnant or not by checking it.

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