What does a ‘slow-riser’ mean?

A slow riser refers to when HCG levels do not increase at the rate that is expected. For example, in early pregnancy HCG levels double every couple of days in the vast majority of pregnancies. However, one out of every five women will be a “slow riser’ meaning that her HCG levels do not increase rapidly although she has a viable pregnancy.

HCG levels will generally start to decline after the second month of pregnancy and are not considered an important indicator in the outcome of the pregnancy after this time. Normal HCG levels are above 10,000mIU/ML at the eight week mark. Some slow riser women may have lower levels than this. Slow risers may be due to a pending miscarriage or it could be that the woman’s body is just responding to the pregnancy in that way. There is no way to predict either way unless an ultrasound is done. Usually, after a woman has HCG levels of 6,000mIU/ML the baby should show up on ultrasound. However, even if the baby is not visible that does not mean that the baby isn’t thriving. There are many reasons why a baby that small can’t be seen.

There are women who have HCG levels over 100,000mIU/ML whose babies can’t be seen on ultrasound. This is frequently due to abnormalities like bicornuate uterus, tilted uterus, or some other situation that would cause the “hidden baby.”

Many women have a tilted uterus if they have suffered from endometriosis and others simply have a tilted uterus because of their genetics. If you have a tilted uterus your doctor should be able to inform you of this during an ultrasound.

Many women have uterine abnormalities that cannot be seen on ultrasound and generally are only obvious during a C section. Women whose mothers took DES or medicines for morning sickness many years ago may have a uterine abnormality as a result. If you know your mother took any of these drugs it is important to share that information with your doctor.

Cervix Position in Early Pregnancy – Reliable Indicator of Pregnancy?

Cervix Position and Menstruation

The position of your cervix will change through your monthly cycle.   Your cervix position and cervical mucus consistency can determine your fertility.

During menstruation, your cervix will descend to a low level. You can feel the firmness of your cervix  is by inserting your middle finger into your vagina. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before you do this!   During menstruation, your cervix should feel firm – like the tip of your nose.  It will also be slightly open to allow the menstrual blood out.

 

Cervix Position and Ovulation

During ovulation, your cervix will rise up and its texture will be softer – like to your lips.  You might have a more difficult time reaching it around ovulation. Your cervix will also be open to allow sperm in and will be moister than before.  You should notice slippery cervical mucus around this time.

Your cervix will dip lower and become firmer again after you have ovulated. The cervix opening will close.   The amount of time it takes for the cervix make this change varies from woman to woman.  It can happen almost instantly or couple of days after you have ovulated.

 

The Position Your Cervix at Conception and During Early Pregnancy

If you are  lucky and conceived this cycle, your cervix should rise up again and feel soft. The difference being the opening to your cervix will remain closed.   The time it will take will vary.  It can happen within 12 hours ovulating.  It may not happen until long after receiving a positive pregnancy test.

If you are pregnant, your cervix position will rise higher into your vagina.  It will be lower than if you were not pregnant though.   During these early weeks, your cervix will feel soft.  A non-pregnant cervix will feel like a fruit that has not quite ripened all the way. The cervix is soft in pregnancy because it becomes swollen with blood.

Your cervix WILL rise when you are pregnant.  There is no way to know when it will happen. Every woman is unique. Your body could be taking a bit longer to adjust. Many women find that their cervix  doesn’t rise during the first month of being pregnant. If you experience this, stay positive.  Your body may just need a few more days to adjust to being pregnant. If you have concerns, consult with your doctor or OB/GYN.

Each woman is different and the cervix has a mind of it’s own.  Cervix position is not a good indicator of a successful conception.