The cervix: during pregnancy

The hormone estrogen influences the position and shape of your cervix during your cycle. Based on the position and shape of your cervix you can determine which part of the cycle you are in. In this article you will get more information about what the cervix feels like during your normal cycle and during pregnancy.

  • The cervix
  • Examine your cervix
  • How does your cervix feel during your fertile days?
  • During the first weeks of your pregnancy
  • The cervix towards the end of pregnancy


The cervix

The cervix is the external part of the cervix in the vagina. The internal part of the cervix is connected to the uterus. The cervix is the narrow passage above the vagina. The cervix produces mucus, called cervical mucus or cervical mucus. Due to changes in the structure of the mucus during the cycle, its accessibility to sperm cells varies. The cervix feels different and changes position during the cycle.

Examine your cervix

Of course, every body is different and you are the one who needs to gain insight into the changes to which your body is subject during the cycle. To understand how your cervix changes during the cycle, you will have to feel the position with your fingers in the same way and at the same time every day for at least one cycle. Adopt the same position, for example by squatting or standing with your knees slightly bent.

How does your cervix feel during your fertile days?

During the fertile days of your cycle, the cervix will assume a slightly higher position and feel softer. The cervix will then open more and more and become more surrounded by mucus. During ovulation, the uterus will reach its highest point and have assumed an open position. At that time, the cervical mucus is very elastic, stretchable and transparent. These conditions are very favorable for the sperm to achieve fertilization.
As the fertile days decrease, the uterus will sink more and more, close and start to feel harder.

During the first weeks of your pregnancy

During the first weeks of pregnancy, the uterus is still low in the abdomen and presses against your bladder, causing you to urinate more often. Sometimes the uterus tilts backwards during the first weeks of pregnancy and then tilts back again at a later stage. The hormones during pregnancy cause your body to produce more blood. Both the cervix and your labia will turn a little more blue due to the greater blood flow. The cervix will also be more swollen due to blood flow and will therefore feel as hard as the tip of your nose.
Due to the high blood flow through the cervix, a small touch can cause a vein to burst, which you will notice because you lose some blood.

The cervix towards the end of pregnancy

Towards the end of pregnancy, the cervix will soften and feel softer again. After giving birth, a gap may remain in the cervix. Normally the cervix is completely closed.

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