Have you noticed any changes to your cervical mucus? Are you wondering whether you’re pregnant before you've actually taken a pregnancy test? If so, then this article is for you. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what cervical mucus is and how it changes throughout your menstrual cycle, as well as during early pregnancy.
- Cervical mucus is a fluid produced by the glands inside your cervix (the canal that leads to your uterus).
- Cervical mucus changes regularly during your menstrual cycle and also in early pregnancy.
- Tracking your symptoms with an app like Flo can help you know when you’re ovulating or in the early stages of pregnancy.
What is cervical mucus?
You’ve probably heard of cervical mucus, but what exactly is it? Well, cervical mucus is a fluid produced by the glands inside your cervix. It’s what makes up most of your vaginal discharge, along with skin cells and bacteria. If you’ve noticed your cervical mucus changing in color, volume, and texture throughout your menstrual cycle, then rest assured this is perfectly normal. It’s due to your hormones fluctuating.
Your cervical mucus might also change in early pregnancy, and we’ll have more details on that later. However, a quick note before we dive in: You shouldn’t rely solely on changes in cervical mucus to determine whether or not you’re pregnant. If your period is late, a pregnancy test is always the most accurate way to confirm if you’re pregnant.