For those hoping to conceive this cycle, waiting to find out if your period comes or not can be a test of patience!
For some, the difference in PMS symptoms and pregnancy symptoms can be an easy notice but for alot of us they can feel quite similar which makes this time confusing and frustrating.
In my early pregnancies, I noticed some key factors that led me to believe I was pregnant.
Firstly, every month I would track my cervical position – This is an extremely easy and quick job. All you need is clean hands.
I typically would check my cervical position after I finished menstruating, when I suspected I was ovulating and just before my period was due.
If you haven’t been checking your cervical position and fluid, start now and try to check at the same time every day.
If you have, here are some guidelines on where your cervix typically is throughout the cycle:
- During menstrual bleeding, the cervix is normally low and hard and slightly open to allow the blood to flow out. It feels like the tip of your nose.
- After your period stops, the cervix remains low and firm but closes up.
- As you approach ovulation, the cervix rises up to the top of the vagina and becomes softer and moister.
- At the height of ovulation, the cervix feels more like your lips than your nose and it is ever so slightly open to allow sperm to enter in. There is a name for this position. It is called SHOW. (Soft, High, Open and Wet.) This is what you are looking for. This is your most optimal time to get pregnant!
- Once ovulation occurs, the cervix drops lower and becomes more firm – once again feeling like the tip of your nose. This can happen immediately after ovulation or may take several hours to several days.However…. If you conceived this cycle – your cervix can rise up as early as 12 days after ovulation and be soft again, but will not feel open like it did in the SHOW position.
There are some incredibly easy to use and handy apps to save you writing these down in your diary. The apps show and track all your data.
I personally LOVE Ovia Fertility App – https://www.ovuline.com/
This app encouraged me to track most days not only my cervical position but also cervical fluid, mood, bodily sensations and energy levels which graphed my data over months so you can tell whether your pattern is regular or not.
Let me know if you think tracking your cervix position is useful or not and your experience. I am yet to find many women to speak to about this that actually do it!