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Will My Cervical Mucus Change When I Become Pregnant?

Tracking changes to your cervical mucus can be one way to help optimize your chances of getting pregnant. Your cervical mucus change throughout your monthly cycle, both in terms of its volume and in terms of its consistency and appearance. During ovulation, for example, cervical mucus will be most plentiful and it will also have the color and texture of the white of an egg. When you do become pregnant, there may also be changes to your cervical mucus.

When you become pregnant, your cervix will start to move into a lower position than where it was during ovulation. The cervix will also become softer. The back side of the cervix – which connects to the lower part of your uterus – will become especially soft, and may even seem like it’s disconnected. Of course, you can’t detect these changes normally, and so you need to check other areas to know whether or not you’re pregnant.

If you become pregnant, your cervical mucus will be different than if you’re not pregnant. It may stay more slippery than it otherwise would after ovulation. It will stop resembling an egg white, regardless of whether or not you’ve become pregnant. During this phase, it will tend to be rather clear, thick and viscous. Within the first weeks of pregnancy, that cervical mucus will actually turn into your mucus plug. This will cause a dryness of cervical mucus as pregnancy progresses.

In the later stages of pregnancy, things may change again. The mucus plug may allow some cervical mucus to escape, creating an egg white discharge. Often your cervical mucus may be tinged with blood, although this is most common when you lose your mucus plug.

Of course, there are many other signs of pregnancy that you might look for rather than simply changes to your cervical mucus. Things like morning sickness, backache, an increased sense of smell, breast tenderness and more can be better indicators of pregnancy than changes to your cervical mucus.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.