Age 30 – Pre-Pregnancy, Pregnancy and Postpartum

This is the cervix of a 30 year old woman.  The first photo was taken before she conceived and the rest were taken about three years later during her second pregnancy.  The two photos at the end were taken postpartum.  

 

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Pre-Pregnancy

This photo was taken before this woman’s first pregnancy.  Note how the size and shape of the os is smaller compared to the next photos, which were taken during her second pregnancy, about 2 years after she had given birth vaginally to her first child.

 

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5 Weeks, 3 Days Pregnant

You can see a thick white discharge called leukorrhea flowing from the cervix.  This type of discharge is common in pregnancy and does not have other symptoms of vaginal infection such as itching, burning, foul smell, etc.

 

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6 Weeks, 3 Days Pregnant

 

 

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8 Weeks, 6 Days Pregnant

This woman had a yeast infection (a candidiasis overgrowth) visible as a thick white cottage cheese-like discharge.   Yeast overgrowths are particularly common in pregnancy.  Elevated hormones cause a change in vaginal temperature and pH and an increase in vaginal secretions, giving the yeast a warmer environment to replicate in and abundant sugars to feed on.  She treated this imbalance with an antifungal vaginal suppository medication (also called an antimycotic).  As you scroll through the photos, you will see that yeast overgrowth recurred in week 20 and 21.

 

 

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10 Weeks, 2 Days Pregnant

 

 

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11 Weeks, 1 Day Pregnant

 

 

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14 Weeks, 6 Days Pregnant

 

 

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16 Weeks Pregnant

 

 

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20 Weeks, 6 Days Pregnant

 

 

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21 Weeks, 3 Days Pregnant

You can see some white chunky yeast overgrowth on the top of the cervix here.  

 

 

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25 Weeks, 6 Days Pregnant

 

 

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 32 Weeks Pregnant

It is a little tricky to see the os in this photo, but it is located on the line of the shadow at the source of the white leukorrhea flow.  You can see how the lower cervix takes on a blueish/purplish hue, which is common during pregnancy as bloodflow to the pelvis increases.

 

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38 Weeks, 2 Days Pregnant

Again it is hard to see the os, which is tucked behind the right side of the vaginal wall.  Note how the vaginal walls bulge inward due to pelvic swelling and have deepened in color due to the increased blood volume of pregnancy.

 

 

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63 Days Postpartum

This woman gave birth vaginally 63 days earlier.  This yellowish white discharge is common postpartum, especially if the woman is breastfeeding.

 

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83 Days Postpartum

 

 

Compare the size and shape of the os in the photos:

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Cervix Pre-pregnancy

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After 2 pregnancies and vaginal births.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Age 30 – Pre-Pregnancy, Pregnancy and Postpartum

  1. This was really informative! I’m a pretty visual learner and THIS was awesome! I never knew that was how the cervix healed after birth!

    Seriously, thank you for all of this!
    Jenny

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