Cervical mucus is produced by your cervix through out your monthly cycle. The quantity and characteristics will vary based on where you are in your menstrual cycle. The most important variety of cervical mucus is the type that appears right before you ovulate when your body has it’s highest levels of estrogen.
Cervical Mucus Before Pregnancy
Your cervical mucus changes through out your cycle. You will notice changes in color and consistency. 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.
Right before and during ovulation, your cervical mucus will be most plentiful and it will also have the color and texture of the white of an egg. When the cervical mucus has these qualities, it assists the sperm, helping it to survive within your body after intercourse and facilitates the sperm’s travel through your reproductive system. Once you’re done ovulating, you will experience a decrease in cervical mucus and it will become less slippery as well.
Cervical Mucus After Conception
Unfortunately, changes in your cervical mucus is not a reliable indicator of pregnancy. Your cervical mucus will change after you conceive, but how it changes varies from woman to woman. Some woman end up having virtually no cervical mucus and others will have an abundant amount. The color and consistency can vary from clear to cloudy and sticky to slick. If you are intimately aware of how your cervical mucus is through out your cycle, and have been tracking it for several months, you might be able to guess that you conceived if your cervical mucus trend and tendency after ovulation changes. It will stop resembling an egg white, whether or not you’ve become pregnant. During this phase, it will tend to be rather clear, thick and viscous.
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 early indicators of pregnancy than changes to your cervical mucus.
Cervical Mucus During Pregnancy
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.