Are There Changes in Cervical Mucus After Conception Occurs?



Throughout your monthly cycle, there are always several changes that can occur with regard to your cervical mucus. This is to be expected, especially after conception has occurred. While there are several telltale signs that you might be pregnant, experiencing a change in your cervical mucus can actually be one of the most obvious signs that you are pregnant.

Once you conceive, you should expect to see changes in your cervical mucus in multiple ways. Understanding these changes requires knowledge of what cervical mucus is, as well as what purpose it serves for your body. Cervical mucus is a substance that has an appearance similar to jelly. Your body produces this mucus throughout your monthly cycle, serving an important purpose particularly during conception.

When you’re trying to get pregnant, cervical mucus assists the sperm, helping it to survive within your body after intercourse and facilitates the sperm’s travel through your reproductive system.

There are also notable changes in your cervical mucus throughout your cycle. After your period has occurred, you won’t have cervical mucus for anywhere from three to five days. However, once this period of time has passed, you will begin to notice small amounts of cervical mucus that will have a sticky consistency and range in color from a cloudy clear appearance to white.

Once ovulation approaches, you will realize that you are producing more cervical mucus. The consistency will also begin to change at this point, becoming moist and sticky and representing a substance similar to that of hand lotion. Once ovulation is about to occur and shortly afterwards, your cervical mucus will be more of an egg white consistency in both its appearance and texture. Typically, this type of cervical mucus is referred to as “egg white cervical mucus”. Most notably, it is important to remember that this type of cervical mucus is required for conception to occur. Once you’re done ovulating, you will experience a decrease in cervical mucus and it will become less slippery as well.

If you do conceive, your cervical mucus will actually form the mucus plug that will remain during your pregnancy. Throughout the course of your pregnancy, cervical mucus will become increasingly dry as well. Additionally, you can expect to experience some egg white cervical mucus discharge later on in your pregnancy.

Of course, there are some changes that occur after conception that are more noticeable than others. While changes in cervical mucus might not be the easiest way to detect pregnancy, it is a telltale indicator among many others. If you experience any concerns regarding changes to your cervical mucus, conception, or how the two are related, your health care provider can help.

  • val

    My cervical mucus is thick and lotion like and my period is a week late we r ttc.

  • Valerie Pacetti

    Have you tested yet?

  • alexis

    My period is coming in 10 days but I have white cervical mucus what does it mean???

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    White or egg white consistency cervical mucus? White means you are not ovulating where as the egg white means you probably ovulate later than you think.

  • spooky

    I am four days late with little to no mucus. I had a spot with a thick swhite dot, does that mean anything?

  • Lori

    I ovulated 4days ago and my CM is like gluey sticky creamy consistency I know this is after you ovulated but would it be different if I conceived ??

  • your mom

    This article builds up, saying that the CM is the most obvious and telltale sign that you’ve conceived, but then doesn’t describe the consistency of the CM! How frustrating!

  • Carrie

    I just had a tubal pregnany june28 and they removed it but saved my tube. My doctor didn’t tell me whether I could have sex so we did that following weekend. We didn’t think I could get pregnant. Well the week after I cramped on my left side even tho my surgery had been on the right. Then last Saturday I cramped where my uterus is and had a good bit of clear jelly discharge. This week I’ve been really tired and I’ve noticed I’m more nauseated over food but negative preg test. Could I be pregnant? My husband just thinks I’m just imagining things because I’m upset over the loss of our baby but I just feel like I’m pregnant and I get so upset to see those negative tests. And I can’t say I’ll wait until my period is due because I don’t know.


Last modified: March 24, 2014