Cervical mucus during pregnancy
Normally, the mucus, produced by the glands of the uterine cervix mucous lining, is transparent or whitish and does not have any smell. The intensity of its secretion and the biochemical content are regulated by basic sex hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone. The phases of its secretion are related to the menstrual cycle (MC).
What does cervical mucus look like in early pregnancy?
6 stages of this process can be outlined:
1. Minimal amount of discharge (or “dry days”) – coincide with the follicular phase of the MC, when all the resources of the system are aimed at the maturation of the ovum;
2. Sticky, thick discharge – this type of mucus is yet not so suitable for conception;
3. Cream-like “soft” mucus – the level of estrogen rises;
4. Profuse watery discharge – the peak of this phase precedes ovulation and therefore it is advised to abstain from sexual life, if pregnancy is no part of one’s plans;
5. Cervical mucus in early pregnancy similar to an egg white – is provoked by maximal level of estrogen;
6. Whitish thick discharge is observed until menstruation.