There are many things you’ll need to consider while you’re pregnant. One of them would be your cervix, which is one of the most important things you’ll need to observe as you begin pregnancy to the moment you’re about to give birth! What a lot of women worry about would be cervical pain during pregnancy. But what happens to the cervix during early pregnancy anyway?
It might be a confusing and worrying time for first-time pregnant women. But not to worry, as I help ease the confusion and talk about what you need to know about a cervix during early pregnancy.
What Do You Need to Know About Your Cervix During Pregnancy?
The cervix is found between your uterus and vaginal. It’s the neck of the uterus, a narrow tube that is both open and tiny. It only allows sperm or menstrual blood to pass through!
But when you are pregnant, a mucus plug blocks your cervix’ small opening, preventing any form of bacteria or infection from entering and going into the fetus growing inside you. And during your pregnancy, your cervix will experience a lot of changes, from changing in texture, length, and even in the dilation of its opening.
What Does It Mean When a Cervix is High and Hard?
Usually, a high and hard cervix is an early pregnancy symptom, but this shouldn’t be the only indication of your pregnancy. Here are the following cervix positions you should expect while undergoing your cycle (source):
- During menstruation, your cervix is low and hard, feeling like the tip of your nose.
- Once your period ends, it still stays low and hard, but it closes up.
- Right before ovulation, your cervix is softer and moister.
- During ovulation, your cervix opens up to allow sperm to enter. It’s very high up that you might not be able to touch if with your fingers. This is the most fertile time of the month, the time when you can start to conceive and try for a baby.
- When ovulation ends, your cervix lowers and becomes firm again. It will then close, usually immediately or in a few days.
- Once you are pregnant, your cervix is positioned high and becomes softer but closed.
You can check your cervix’s position before heading to a doctor. It can help determine if you are pregnant or ovulating.
You can check it by following these steps:
- Make sure to wash and clean your hands to avoid transferring bacteria into your reproductive system. Cut your nails to avoid harming your vaginal.
- Position yourself comfortably, in a way where you can feel your cervix easily.
- Move your middle finger into your private area. If dry, you can use a water-based lubricant to slide it in easily.
- You can check how high and soft or low and firm your cervix may be after identifying where it is.
Here’s a video explaining how you can check your cervix for signs of early pregnancy:
Is Cervix Pain Early Pregnancy Normal?
During pregnancy, you may experience cervical pain. Just like any pain you might have experienced during pregnancy, this is entirely reasonable. When you are only in your first trimester, pregnancy cramps around your lower abdomen or cervix usually happen as the embryo implants itself into your womb, or as your baby begins to grow.
So while there is no reason to worry, it may also cause trouble if you experience the following symptoms (source):
- Severe bleeding
- Intense pain for over three days
- Feeling over-nauseated or weak
These symptoms may be signs of a miscarriage or infection, which may affect you and your baby in a bad way.
How to Remedy Cervical Pain During Early Pregnancy
While the pain might be inevitable, it’s certainly no fun path. Fortunately, there are ways on how you can relieve cervical pain. You can follow these tips (source):
- Have a soothing bath with warm water.
- Use pregnancy support or maternity pants, which help support and give relief to your lower back and abdomen.
- Avoid moving around too much. Don’t abruptly twist your lower body and only stretch it SLOWLY to reduce the pain.
- Sit or lie down as much as possible. Avoid strenuous exercise. If you are used to working out, keep it consistent but lessen its intensity.
If you are pregnant, you must observe all the signs and symptoms experienced. If you feel pain in your cervix, then there’s no need to worry. As long as you feel your cervix and see that it is normal, then you can follow the remedies on how to ease the pain. If the pain gets too severe, then you may need to contact a doctor for advice.
I hope this article explains to you how the cervix during early pregnancy is like and what you can do to keep yourself comfortable throughout the uncomfortable times.
If you have any questions or would like to share what you have to think about cervical pain, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.
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