Cervical Mucus in Early Pregnancy

Common Questions About Cervical Mucus in Early Pregnancy Answered

A woman may notice cervical mucus in early pregnancy. This is, indeed, a primary symptom of pregnancy. To know more about this indicant of pregnancy, read this piece that delves into explicating all about the vaginal discharge in question. . . .
If you have experienced pregnancy, you do carry a vague simulacrum of what the first trimester has in store. You observe every little change in your system with untrammeled scrutiny. With certain symptoms that delegate your pregnancy, cervical mucus is another parameter on which pregnancy can be confirmed. Its consistency and texture deviates when you are nearing ovulation. The cervical mucus has a torpid texture, and soon develops a dry, grainy appearance post ovulation.

A seminar on pregnancy was conducted recently. This seminar focused on explicating the predominant signs of conception. The experts entertained questions and answered them with precision to culminate the session on an informative note. Excerpts from the seminar on signs of conception, predominantly concentrating on cervical mucus in early pregnancy.

Presence of Cervical Mucus During Pregnancy - Excerpted FAQs

Q1: When I check the cervical mucus emission, it seems sticky having a pale-yellow color? Is this normal?

A1: Cervical mucus is a vaginal discharge that serves to be a tool; rather, a method to conduct family planning and evaluate the time-period within which the intercourse has a high probability to result in pregnancy. The type and amount of mucus changes during the menstrual cycle. After the menstruation cycle for the month is over, women may find no mucus production; nevertheless, the cervical mucus can be present and can have a yellowish-white color, its texture being viscid or paste-like. The yellow discharge during pregnancy cannot be a cause of concern. After about a week of the menstrual cycle terminating, women might experience an increase in the cervical mucus. The translucency and the elasticity of the mucus define the probabilities of conceiving.

Q2: Can cervical mucus be relied on, in order to understand and ensure that intercourse will result in pregnancy? I have heard of this and want to confirm, indeed, this is not a misconception.

A2: The concept of conception and cervical mucus is interrelated. It serves to be a natural indicator of an approaching menstrual cycle. It is when the mucus is emitted through the vagina, that a woman deciphers that ovulation cannot take place, if the couple indulges in intercourse. So, in your case, what you have heard is no misconception.

Q3: Is it common a phenomenon to have vaginal secretion before you conceive?

A3: Well, it is common to have a vaginal discharge, before, and during the onset of your menstruation. As I said earlier, there may be no cervical mucus after your menstrual cycle ends, or it may appear yellowish in color. Vaginal secretion is not peculiar to pregnant women only. I hope that answers your question.

Q4: Will the flow of cervical mucus increase as my pregnancy tenure progresses? I would be glad if you could explain this to me in detail. I have also noticed traces of blood with the discharge. This has given me panic pangs!

A4: First and foremost, before I go any further and solve your query, I suggest you calm down and relax your nerves. I understand what you can go through when you see blood traces when you are expecting; but, the good news that must relieve you is that finding your discharge accompanied with blood is not abnormal. There is an increase in cervical mucus in early stages of gravidity. The cervical canal gets filled with the vaginal secretion and creates a mucus plug that serves to be a mucus barrier. This makes the cervix thin, leading to a discharge that is white in color. This discharge is sticky and far more elastic in nature with traces of blood being a normal accompaniment.

Q5: If not an early symptom of pregnancy, what else could cervical secretion indicate? I have been facing this peculiar problem, where the discharge resembles the liquidity of an egg white. Is it something to worry about?

A5: As you very rightly pointed out that its secretion during early pregnancy cannot be the confining factor, the discharge can be an indicator of yeast infection or an ovulation discharge. The ovulation discharge is translucent white and has a creamy texture. If the discharge in your case continues, it is better you consult a medical authority on this subject.

Q6: What does cervical mucus during early stages of pregnancy look like?

A6: Clear cervical mucus that is stretchy and translucent is a clear indicator of conception. Women in their first trimester notice a stretchy, egg-whitish discharge. This discharge is referred to as leukorrhea. As the estrogen levels rise during pregnancy, the cervical glands respond by secreting an excess of cervical mucus. It is present all throughout pregnancy; however, the frequency and consistency increases during the third trimester. Nevertheless, the degree of translucency and elasticity are the deciding factors that confirm conception.

Q7: Will the amount of cervical fluid increase as pregnancy progresses toward labor? What is the consistency like?

A7: To answer your question laconically, Yes, you will have an increased cervical fluid discharge as labor nears. The cervical fluid fills up the cervical canal serving as the barrier around the cervix. This protective shield is called the mucus plug. As labor approaches, the cervix expands and the discharge of mucus occurs. The mucus plug may come out as a whole in the form of a lump or may increase with time. Some women may experience the secretion of blood accompanied with cervical mucus. Post delivery, the secretion will get back to normal. You would experience its emission at the onset of your regular menstruation cycles. So there is nothing that should bother you about the subject.

Q8: I have a question that I would like to ask on my sister-in-law's behalf as she has not attended this seminar. She is in her 30th week of gestation period. She often complains of the cervical discharge being watery and foul-smelling, and this worries her. Can it, in any case, be an indicator of a threatening situation?

A8: I understand the situation. It is natural for your sister-in-law to get affected by the sight. Watery cervical mucus is when the discharge becomes extremely fluid which could be a sign of pre-term labor. A foul-smelling vaginal discharge can indicate the onset of infection, coupled with symptom of burning and itchiness in the vaginal area. Consult a medical practitioner and get the condition of smelly discharge checked. Keeping the genital area clean and making it a point to avoid the use of floral scented toilet paper in the area would prove helpful.

I trust these excerpts from the seminar have helped you, and have served a considerable amount of purpose to answer your questions.