Hormone fluctuations cause your cervix to secrete a discharge called cervical mucus during your cycle. It changes in appearance, texture and amount throughout the month based on your estrogen levels. And during your period?
Cervical mucus probably isn't something you think about too often, but if you're trying to conceive or are already pregnant, maybe you should. That's because the texture, color and volume of your cervical mucus can all provide important clues about your fertility and can help you pinpoint the best time to try to get pregnant, along with playing an important role in your pregnancy. Cervical mucus is a discharge secreted to keep your cervix the narrow, lower end of the uterus that opens during childbirth moist and protected, especially around the time of ovulation.
How much discharge you have changes from time to time and it usually gets heavier just before your period. Almost all women have more vaginal discharge in pregnancy. This is quite normal and happens for a few reasons.
Find out when discharge during pregnancy is normal, and when it could signal a problem. It's the little things that really get us worked up: a weird discharge, a spot of blood, a wet pair of underwear, or an annoying itch that just won't go away. These little things create big worries for a lot of mothers, especially since their causes and symptoms vary greatly.
By Bonnie Schiedel Nov 28, Photo: iStock. Some women might notice extra saliva, a runny nose and, yes, more vaginal discharge.
Pregnancy can be a roller coaster, to say the least, filled with new and sometimes totally weird physical developments. Your boobs alone can undergo seven changes during pregnancyso you might be wondering how pregnancy affects everything else, including your vaginal discharge. If you were trying to conceive before getting pregnantyou might have kept close tabs on your discharge and how it changed during your menstrual cycle.
Pregnancy causes several changes within the body, including the firmness and position of the cervix. Although a home pregnancy test can confirm your pregnancy, observing the changes in the cervical mucus helps you get some idea about your conception. This MomJunction post helps you understand how you can detect pregnancy early with the changes in the cervical mucus.