The Position of Your Cervix in Early Pregnancy

Cervix Position and Fertility

There are many changes that occur in your body when you conceive. One such change is the position of your cervix.

For the most part, you are able to pinpoint where you are in your monthly cycle by determining what position your cervix is in, as well as by the quality and quantity of your cervical mucus. During menstruation, your cervix will descend to a low level. It is during this time that you can feel how firm your cervix is by inserting your middle finger into your vagina, as it is the longest. However, do be sure that your hands are sanitized and clean beforehand. Your cervix should feel firm – much like the tip of your nose.


Cervix and Ovulation

When you are ovulating, your cervix will rise up and its texture will be softer – similar to your lips. Your cervix will also be open to allow sperm in and will be moister than before.

When you are finished ovulating, your cervix will dip lower and become firmer again. The cervix opening will be closed. This can occur either immediately after you have ovulated, or it can take a few hours to a few days to occur.


Your Cervix at Conception and During Early Pregnancy

If you have been lucky and have conceived this cycle, your cervix should rise up again and feel soft. The difference here is that the opening to your cervix will remain closed. When exactly this happens will depend on your body – it can happen within 12 after ovulating or long after conception is confirmed with a pregnancy test.

Although your cervix will rise back up again during early pregnancy, it will not go quite as far back as it did before you successfully conceived. During these early weeks, your cervix will feel soft; whereas a non-pregnant cervix will feel similar to a fruit that has not quite ripened all the way. The cervix is soft in pregnancy because it literally becomes swollen with blood.

The key point here is to remember that even though your cervix will rise naturally when you are pregnant, the timing of this rise is unpredictable. Every women is unique and you may be experiencing a low cervix in early pregnancy simply because your body is taking a bit longer to adjust. There are many cases in which a woman’s cervix hasn’t risen in her first month of being pregnant. If you are one of them, stay positive and remember that your body may just need a few more days to adjust to being pregnant. If you are concerned for any reason then, by all means, you should consult with your doctor or OB/GYN.

Due to the unpredictable natural timing of the change of your cervix, you should not rely on the position of your cervix as an indication of a successful conception.

  • amy

    Here’s the thing, I have had 5 pregnacies and I am 100% that I’m now about 4 weeks preg with #6. EXCEPT 4 outta 5 hpt have came bk negative. I had an ultrasound done 3 days before my missed period. ( for other reasons) the tech said that my wall was thick. And assumed it was that way bk I was due. So anyways on the 21 of sept I started spotting, it lasted for 8 hours ( I could have worn a panty liner) and then nothing! Dried up. Let me just say that I am always a FULL 7 days and heavy. So again, here I am, all the preg symptoms, and the ” just know” mother intuition, with let me add, a soft cervix. And STILL negatives hpt. I’m scared to go to my docs incase he miss diagnoses me due to lack of positive tests. Sorry this is so long, I also want to add that for my 5th preg, I didn’t know I was preg and was rushed to the emergency due to severe abdominal pain, they did an ultrasound and thought that they had seen a tubal. Nice way to find out eh? Anyways If anyone has any answers or similar situation it would really be helpful.

  • Vickie B.

    Where did the positive pregnancy test fall in the 5 that you took? Did your period start yet?

  • elysia

    Um I haven’t had the nerve to buy a test yet . and I did have sex all through ovulation . but I have this weird discharge its white and I’m wet a lot these last few days but I’m not infected and I’m not in the mood for sex a whole lot . My boobs always hurt but I don’t think their pregnant lol and I had a few sign like I felt like sick at 10 am and my back is sore and I’m like blowing my days off because I’m just tired and I got headaches and cramps like I think it was a muscle contraction . but my period was dec 26/13 they start for a few days before each month starts . but any ways I’m paranoid .

  • kasey

    okay let me backtrack a little bit. my son was born last April, ever since then I’ve had heavy periods ever since (9 to be exact). lasts for 7-9 days and I had to change a super plus tampon every 1 1/2 – 2 hours. I usually start on the 26th or 27th of each month. this time around I was 8 days late and started “bleeding” on the 5th more brown than ( 7th of feb ) I just finished “bleeding”… I wanted to see how long I could go without changing my tampon (you might think its gross but it was my test to see how much I was bleeding) 10% of a super plus tampon had brownish red blood in 10 hours. yea not a lot compared to my last 9 periods.. after that its been a coral pink. I took a test on the 8th of feb and it came back negative. took a blood test on the 11th and it came back negative. im very confused about this situation. im cramping, fell sick when I eat sometimes, certain foods don’t taste the same to me( makes me gag when I try to eat it), and im tired… im not stressed, nothing has changed with my eating or exercise. everything has been the same so why the late and short “period”?? if you need any other info let me know

  • Trinity

    I’m 8 weeks pregnant and not happy

  • Addy Bernard

    My cervix is high not hard not soft and closed.
    I took a hpt and it was negative (very light I could barely see it)
    Also I have every pregnancy symptom for a few weeks now. (I miscarried 3 month ago)
    I haven’t gotten my period it’s a few days late I just got a lil light blood not like my usual period.

  • Holly Dye Naughton

    You say it was very light…if this is the line that tells you pregnant or not, even a light line means you are pregnant. I am so sorry to hear of your MC, I had one MC and a late term stillborn. The light blood could be implantation bleeding or a sign of onset of period. As you know MCs happen more often very early on. Best wishes to you!

  • Desperate hoping for a baby

    I am 33 years old and my husband and I have been trying for 3 years now. As of today, I am 6 days late and still getting negative pregnancy tests. I am usually pretty on track getting my period every 25 days. I’ve never been this late. I’m so nervous I just want something to ease my mind…..any advice please!

  • Angel

    Have you used a clear blue they pick up really low amounts of hcg

  • Vickie B.

    As you have been trying for over a year with no success, have you gone to see your doctor about this? Usually fertility workups are done if you have been trying this long to find out if there are larger issues at play where your fertility is concerned.

  • Prayingforpositive

    I had an IUD for five years scheduled to have it removed last month but decided in march we were ready for our second miracle, PT after PT they kept coming up with the dreaded one line negative. On the 12th of aug. I started spotting and I mean for long enough to wipe and light pink two days after ovulating, then again on the 22 of aug. I was do to start my period on the 2cnd of this month and I haven’t but still that dreaded one line makes me fear my prayers go unanswered. I tested yesterday and once again neg. I’m always hungry and lower back pains, my face had been acne free for two weeks and I have semi lower abdominal cramps and I look and feel bloated and moody. Any advice? Did I mention I have NEVER spotted before?

  • Vickie B.

    Was it a mirena or copper IUD? If it was the mirena, that has hormones combined with it so removing it could cause some break through bleeding while your body tries to regain it’s hormonal balance.

  • halo

    hello there its 3-4 days dpo and i have checked my cervix and its high and soft could this mean pregancy ?

  • Vickie B.

    It could mean that. Wait 6 more days and take that pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant. :)

  • aboutlaws31

    Why not????? It’s a beautiful thing. You should be grateful that you can do what a
    lot of women can’t.

  • Mary Katlyn

    I had sex the last 3 days of ovulation, and 2 times on day of. After ovulation I checked my cervix and it was low and hard, now I check it and it’s higher up and feels kinda soft kinda hard. I have a lot of white gooey cream every day. A few days ago I had cramps in my lower stomach for like 15 minutes then just nothing. My breasts feel heavier and just look bigger, I’m constantly tired like with no energy. I miscarried in early July, my periods due this Saturday. Could I be pregnant? And is it too early for a test because I’m tired of waiting for an answer-I just wanna know already.

  • Vickie B.

    Did you test or did your period arrive? Typically, if you have a pretty regular cycle, you can test with the tests on the market today and get accurate results at 3 or 4 days before your period is due.

  • johwang

    I wish i was d one pregnant but I still believing in God

  • Andrea Ampy

    I’m 45 days late 5 have told me negative n my cervix is high soft n closed am I pregnant

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, there is no way we can tell. You would do best by going to the doctor and see if they can help you figure it out.

  • Kitsu

    i’m sorta in the same boat. not because i don’t want to bring forth children, but because i feel guilty that i don’t have a house, stable job, money in the bank and am not married. it’s not like a single woman can afford children all that well, after all. and i’m not sure my partner would be supportive if i am pregnant.

  • Sandra

    Hi looking for some advice. I’ve been trying to get pregnant for close to a year now. I’m very focused on my ovulation days, cervix, etc. Saturday nite I was out with my husband and about 4 times that nite I welled up with tears. For no reason. I said either I’m pregnant or getting my period. Period is due on tues. So that nite I took a pregnancy test and it came up a very faint line. Faint but I could see it and so could my husband. I repeated the test yesterday and this morning, both with negatives. Any advice? Should I be getting happy-am I pregnant? The only other “symptom” I’ve had is craving chocolate….I’m ashamed to admit but last nite I ate an entire bag of chocolate Halloween candy

  • Vickie B.

    I would keep testing! It could be that you just tested to early. Good luck!

  • Ftm

    Im pregnant with my first, 4 weeks 3 days, and my cervix is low, firm and closed. Don’t rely on your cervix to tell you if you are pregnant or not

  • kat

    Hi i am trying to conceve and recently i have has a little light red blood just for the one day and now my boobs have gone larger but just finishee my ovulation two days ago and my period is due in nine days could i be pregnant?? Please help x kat

  • Vickie B.

    I totally agree with you here. Every woman is different and there is no absolute where cervix location is concerned when you are pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s possible.

  • didi ging

    Hey, so I need some advice, I’m on birth control pills but haven’t been taking it they way it should be, I take it like anytime of the day, I had my period from October 5th thru the 8th which was a little odd cuz It usually last like 7-9 days but I didn’t worry too much cuz it was pretty heavy, but then I started spotting from October 13 thru the 15 and it was dark blood like old looking I have taken 3 pregnancy test and they all came back negative, could I be testing to early, the only symptom that I have it’s sore boobs, a baby will always be a blessing, I’m just afraid for it to end in a miscarriage because of the spotting I had,
    Maybe I should add that when I do too much lifting or force I spot, I also have been getting some cum clear looking stuff when I wipe
    I also have a one year old

  • orion

    Thats why you need to understand the risks when choosing to not use protection. If you choose to be risky you need to be ready just in case. Ask yourself if an oopsie were to occur, could you still be ok financially etc. If you are not stable enough and the partner isnt commited to the thought of a new little one, then its not worth the risk. There are ways to still have sex without a condom and still be protected. I know its not as nice of a feeling when using a condom. So its something to think of for those who really dread finding out they are pregnant or dont want to have it happen. As always, it only takes one time to possibly become pregnant.

  • Amy

    there are many couples who want children look into adoption.

  • Vickie B.

    Well, considering you are not taking the birth control as directed by the instructions, there is always a chance that you can get pregnant. Spotting can be caused by hormonal imbalance which could be caused by inconsistent birth control taking. It can also be due to early pregnancy bleeding. Maybe you need to contact your doctor about this and continue taking pregnancy tests until you either get a positive or your period fully arrives.

  • didi ging

    Thank you :)

  • Lelo73

    Hey, I have a feeling I’m pregnant but not 100% sure yet. I tested last Sunday and it said negative, but I might have tested too soon. Three months ago I switch bc pills to a different brand. Took it for a month and slacked on the next cycle, so I stopped taking it and spotted from sept 7 to sept 28, so not sure when to expect my period, but my bf has went inside a lot. I have been very tired, had very bad headaches the past two days, cramping but not as bad as period cramping it lasted two days, nausea, leg cramps only in one leg, stuffed up nose, dry mouth even with my increased thirst. And I have been using the washroom a lot more often. Not sure when to test again though, some advise would be awesome!!

  • Lelo73

    Hey, I have a feeling I’m pregnant but not 100% sure yet. I tested last Sunday and it said negative, but I might have tested too soon. Three months ago I switch bc pills to a different brand. Took it for a month and slacked on the next cycle, so I stopped taking it and spotted from sept 7 to sept 28, so not sure when to expect my period, but my bf has went inside a lot. I have been very tired, had very bad headaches the past two days, cramping but not as bad as period cramping it lasted two days, nausea, leg cramps only in one leg, stuffed up nose, dry mouth even with my increased thirst. And I have been using the washroom a lot more often. Not sure when to test again though, some advise would be awesome!!

  • Kerensa

    My hubby and i are trying to get pregnant. I had mirena removed October 2 2014 after 7 years of placement. I believe I recently ovulated, but am unsure how sex should feel if I’ve conceived. Or if there is a difference. We were in a doggy position, which is normal for us, but this time there was a lot of pressure, I mean a lot. It felt like he was ramming into a wall. What does that mean?

  • Gracey

    I’m wondering if anyone else has had this.. I was just over 1 month late for my period and had a pregnancy test and bloods done at the doctors which both came back negative. 1 month later I had a spotting in the morning then the next day I had a very light bleed for one day then it stopped. Anyway, I took a test the day after and it was negative. It’s now been 4 months since I last had a period. I had blood tests done again today and get results back Monday. but I’m looking to see if any other women have experienced this and what the outcome was? I’ve been feeling tired and bloated. I’ve also been urinating frequently. I just checked my cervix and it feels high(ish) and very soft. Could I be pregnant? Please help

  • flakiz2015

    I have 6 months living with my husband i wanted to get pregnant since the start when started living together and it wouldnt happen until we decided to stop trying to conceive a baby and here we are now we are expecting a baby thank God and im 3month pregnant… may be if you just dont try God will bless you with a Miracle…

Last modified: October 13, 2014