If you have been trying to get pregnant, you may be monitoring your cervical mucous. When you are approaching ovulation, you may notice your cervical mucous starts to change. As you get closer to ovulation your cervical mucous will become eggwhite looking and stretchy. Then after you ovulate your cervical mucous will begin to dry up. But what happens if you are pregnant? Some women notice changes in their cervical mucous when they are pregnant and others do not or if they do, they don’t notice it during early pregnancy.
Cervical fluid during pregnancy
Women may notice an increased cervical discharge when they are pregnant. Leukorrhea is a whitish colored vaginal discharge that women often see during pregnancy. The higher levels of estrogen produced during pregnancy cause the cervical glands to secrete more cervical fluid. It may become more noticeable as a woman gets further along in her pregnancy and is most common in the third trimester. However, some women may notice leukorrhea in early pregnancy.
What type of cervical mucous could be a symptom of pregnancy?
Some women notice an increase in cervical mucous during early pregnancy. It is helpful to know what your typical cycle is like. If you normally have very dry cervical mucous and notice an increase in cervical mucous before your period starts, this could be an indicator that you are pregnant. However, as with any pregnancy symptom, it is not necessarily meaningful. Keep in mind that some women notice changes like breast tenderness, frequent urination, or increased cervical mucous even when they are not pregnant. Still if you ask women who have been pregnant before, many of them describe seeing creamy cervical mucous or sticky cervical mucous during the early part of their pregnancies. While this pregnancy symptom may not give you a clear indication of pregnancy, you may want to monitor your cervical mucous at the end of your cycle. Many women find it difficult to distinguish between normal cervical mucous and pregnancy cervical mucous. If you have been pregnant before it may be easier for you to tell if the cervical mucous you are seeing resembles “pregnant” cervical mucous. Either way, watching your cervical mucous may help you to determine what your own body’s natural patterns are. And, if you have been experiencing other pregnancy symptoms like breast tenderness or nausea, the added symptom of increased vaginal discharge may be a predictor of pregnancy.
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