Age 28 – 2nd Pregnancy

This is the cervix of a woman currently pregnant with her second child.  She has no history of STDs and has had normal pap smears.  Three years ago, she had a cesarean delivery for her first baby due to a complex posterior presentation.  During the labor of her first baby, she did reach full dilation and so her cervix looks softer with a more slit-like and open os than the cervix of a woman who had a cesarean without dilating.

20 weeks, 6 days

This woman notes that she has more copious cloudy vaginal fluid than she did pre-pregnancy, and doesn’t remember any significant changes in her fluid during her first pregnancy.

36 thoughts on “Age 28 – 2nd Pregnancy

  1. I must say that with my second and third pregnancies that I noticed a lot more fluid than pre-pregnancy and first pregnancy.

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  2. i think im pregnant not sure will know tommorow when im due for my perios and also have a doc appt so ill know then when she tells me …but i do check my cervix and it looks a little bit like this one and i have had 1 pregnancy 6 yrs ago and was wondering why my cervix doesnt look closed and now i think its because i had a vaginal delivery with my first soon . i have many pregnancy symptoms so im hoping for a positive result tommorow..

    thanks for posting this pic !!

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  3. I feel like I am pregnant. and have been checking my cervix. I am high, soft (like lips- not nose) and closed. when I had checked it before I was high, soft and slightly open. I haven’t been this closed since before I got pregnant with my daughter- 6 yrs ago. I have PCOS so pregnancy test always come back neg.

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    Bongi Reply:

    I’m having all pregnancy syntoms and my tummy is growing but when I take pregnancy test it come out negative , today I thought my questions was going to be answered but no bcz I took a viganal aaltrasound and there was no baby , but all the synctoms of pregnancy are still there . Can someone please help me I’m 31yrs old and I have two kids already a 6 year old and a 3 year old

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  4. I have noticed similar discharge with my wife, but it seems to be related to rests of sperm of two friends of ours and myself. Could you comment on this please?

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  5. 3.I feel like I am pregnant. and have been checking my cervix. I am high, soft (like lips- not nose) and closed. when I had checked it before I was high, soft and slightly open. I haven’t been this closed since before I got pregnant with my daughter- 6 yrs ago. I have PCOS so pregnancy test always come back neg.

    I was wondering how this situation turned out for you. I just recently found out that I have PCOS and what do you mean when you say “the pregnancy tests always come back neg.” Is this a fact, or just in your particular situation? I have felt pregnancy symptoms for over a month now and had an irregular period that could have been implantion bleeding. Could you please tell me? Thanks

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    Dez Reply:

    Just because you have PCOS the test will not come back neg.

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    Marsha Wood Reply:

    Exactly, I have PCOS and when I took a clearblue easy test last Oct. 2010 it came back positive. I also went to Dollar store and bought like 15 of them because I didn’t think the clearblue one was right and all of them came back positive and I have a healthy baby girl.
    I am blessed to have my baby girl since I have PCOS. I did alot of research and found that Vitex helps with ovulation.

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    MomwithPcos Reply:

    Yes your test come back negative had two daughters I have pcos my pee test come neg blood test postive best thing s blood test n ultrasounds. I did not have pcos for them I did for my pregnancy in 2010 test postive on blood not pee test but that pregnancy I lost . From my understanding is pcos causes low hormones.

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  6. I am just responding to all the questions I saw of women wondering what the cervix looks\ feels like in early pregnancy. I’m five weeks with number two and its like almost before you get your period its slightly hard around the edges but mostly soft and it stays like that.It is not high and not low I have not noted any changes it doesn’t feel closed but that is different with everyone and numbers of vaginal births.I noticed I was expecting because right before my period comes my breast can produce a tinny drop of milk if I try and they never did this month and my nipples were extremely sensitive and it hurt to try and see if milk would come out. I hope this helps someone out there and good luck to all those trying to conceive!!!

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  7. I wanted to know if anyone knows what the cervix would look like for a first pregnancy. I am still not sure if we conceived, however I feel wet all the time and my cervix feels like it has closed but is just slighly lower, but not a low as it would have been this time last month. I am 3 days post ovulation. I have never been pregnant before and am really hoping this time works.

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  8. this makes me feel a bit better i am pregnant with my 2nd child about 5weeks and 1 day and my cervix felt squishy low like lips or something and was worried untill i actually saw what i was feeling thanks for this website its awsome very helpful

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  9. This is an amazing website. I am 26 yrs old and ttc #2 but cant test yet because my cycles tend to change every month but I believe I know when I ovulated. 2 weeks later I had a slight spotting once or twice when I wiped myself after peeing for a few days and none since. I then noticed tons of irregular cervical mucous after that..like ovulation ewcm but lots of it unlike any cylce I have had, plus my cervix feels plugged or closed. I don’t know if I am just hoping I am pregnant but so far test have been negative. Has anyone started off like this in early pregnancy? I never checked with my first pregnancy so I have nothing to compare it to.

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  10. i am 25yrs old have been pregnant 4x but only had 2children.for the past 7mths my period has been 28dys apart rt on time.I’ve never been past 3dys late for my period and this month i am now 8dys late. i have done 2pregnancy tests and the both came bk negative.my husband looked at my cervix and said it was a bluish/purple color 2mths ago when he checked it was pink. am i still testing too early? and does my cervix color changing mean im pregnant? i go out of town in 2dys and REALLY need to know what’s going on.

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  11. Reply to diana; It has been awhile since your post so I’m sure you already know, but for the sake of sharing information yes- a bluish/purplish “discoloration” of the cervix is a probable sign of pregnancy and is known as “Chadwick’s sign”. But like most other probable signs (those observed by a practitioner rather than felt/experienced by the mother) Chadwick’s is normally visible around 6 weeks (i.e. 4 weeks since conception.) If you are 8 days late for your period in a regular 28 day cycle you would only be just 5 weeks “pregnant” or 3 weeks since conception. Of course there are variations woman to woman and you could be showing color change at the cervix around this time (women are not textbooks or clocks, right? We are individuals and we vary) If the pregnancy tests are showing negative it could be because the dates are off i.e. you are further along OR not as far along as you thought. This can throw off a standard HcG urine test. A woman in this situation who suspects she is pregnant can have her progesterone checked by blood test( as long as she does not have PCOS, which would throw that off as well). A birth center, a place like Quest labs or a OB office could check this for you.
    Hope it worked out the way you wished for and big respect to you and your boyfriend for being aware of your body/cycle and for being comfortable with each other and checking out your own cervix! That’s awesome!

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  12. I’m pregnant with my second child (only 7 weeks) but have had similar doubts about why my cervix feels soft and mushy and slightly open! There is a lot of white CM and I’m hoping that it’s ok to be slightly open and still be closed at the internal os… I’ve had a normal vaginal birth 6 years ago, with no history of complications or M/c. I’m grateful for this photo as it clears a few useless worries I was entertaining, including the possibility of an incompetent cervix!

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  13. Ive been keeping track of my cervix and mucus actually starting few days after my period July 2nd (only lasts 2/3 days). Ive been reading a lot online about ferning, temp, mucus and cervix positions and Im not quite sure what to think. Im ttc and had ?s. We had sex pretty much every day during ovul and I think I know when I ovulated bcuz the next day my cervix felt closed (July 14th) and I had cramps for 4 days. My cervix felt harder and lower than during ovulation but its starting to soften and rise/ mucus feels like it did during ovulation. My period is always on time, so I should start on the 2nd of Aug if Im not preg. But is the change in the cervix normal for that time in the cycle wether your preg or not?

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  14. I have had my mirena in for a year now. I have had my periods regularly till may 18th, I was one week late. I bleed bad and had huge clots, ER said my mirena was in place and strings showing. I haven’t had my period since. I had a faint positive test, ERs was negative. My cervix is blue though. I am so confused! they said my cervix looks pregnant and blue but my urine was negative. I had my son 13 months ago, c-section. He was transverse. Went through 22 hours of labor and back labor and never dilated to one.

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  15. How on earth can you tell if your cervix is high or low? soft or hard? I was initially looking for pictures on vaginal rugae, as I want to know how normal or not normal mine are in comparison to others. I am currently pregnant with my 3rd, I am 28 and am horrified by the appearance of my vagina! I have alot of rugae all around the entrance tunnel/hole and then more in the middle so I can never see a hole as such as it is full of skin and bumps. The rugae on the outside look like shark teeth going all the way around! and I have a discharge every single day, the whole thing is full of a white, very watery discharge and I can’t feel my cervix or anything like that, never have been able to, is this odd? would having weak pelvic floor muscles have anything to do with it? I wish I could just pull it all in together with a needle and thread so it looks neater and more closed!!

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    The softness or hardness is relative to itself as is the depth of the cervix. Every women’s body is different, so its something to check regularly and compare your results to other days in your cycle – some days you will notice the cervix feels softer or more deep than others.

    Perhaps you have a retroverted uterus and your cervix is facing your back, which can make feeling/seeing it more difficult. Maybe you could ask your midwife/OB next time they do a pelvic exam to show you your cervix.

    It is common for pregnant women to have copious discharge, but let your practitioner know if you’ve got a foul odor or itching/burning or have changed sexual partners since your last STI test.

    I’m sorry you’re feeling insecure about the shape of your rugae – know that those are what expands (like an accordian) to allow the baby to pass through. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles is almost always a good idea for pregnant women, so squat and kegel away!

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  16. Hi I have been researching everything I possibly can n still havent got a full answer so im trying anyone possible to help me. I am 26yrs old mother of 2, 4pregnancies all vaginal. I have bern checking my cervix for 2yrs now so im pretty sure on the difference how it suppose feel and this month not only is it 43lmp n 2neg preg tests but my cervix this time is hard to reach soft colored n cervix is fully closed. I dont have medical insurance n not enough income to go to a clinic so I dont know what is going on or what to do its worried me n my spouse at this point.please help asap thank you

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  17. I have been reading comments about high and soft and low and hard cervix. But, what about extremely low and soft? It’s never been this low, I’m pretty sure I would have remembered. Past 4 months my periods have been regulated, again, never going beyond 33 days. I am now 16 days past my period due date. Took a test 2 days ago and it was neg. Today had some slight spotting. What is going on? What should I do?

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  18. Ok I have pcos and I had a m/c in December I am wondering if i can be pregnant now I have been gassier then normal and I have blue veins popping out on my boobs and also I have been urinating more frequent I have no idea really when I ovulated but I am 3 days from af and my cervix is low soft and slightly open but with my last pregnancy I was not testing positive at all….so my question is does anyone think I could be pregnant? Any answers or advice would be very helpful

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  19. Thank you for this picture. I dilated to 4cm after being induced at 33 weeks due to severe Pre-e with my 1st in 2004, after 36 hours I was sectioned for AOL. Baby number 2 was a repeat CS in 2007 that I was pushed into by a very Pro-CS OB. Baby number 3 was a failed VBAC (OP presentation) and would not descend past 0 station. I dilated fully with her (50 hours of spontaneous labor) and pushed for 2 hours,I suspected that my cervix felt different because I dilated fully with her and this picture confirms it.

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  20. I ahve noted with my 5th pregnancy, being 17 weeks, from 5 weeks on I ahve checked once a week as I bleed still once a month and test negative to HPT and bloods but ultrasound shows otherwise. Have sexing scan on Friday. Cervix’s change right throughout pregnancy as the plug is always regenerating. With my 4th I had a bleed behind the placenta and I went from almost 4cm long cervix to 2.4cm and cm dilated, as the bleed healed my cervix relengthened. With this pregnancy I notice 2 changes and that is VERY long hard and closed, to moderate long hard and closed…and copius amounts of CM at any given time. I bleed monthly as I said somewhere around a week off from what would be regular period and I don’t bleed as bad or for as long as a normal one. I also have a severely retroverted and Biocornate uterus (where uterus dips back toward spine mine was close to rectum at 6 weeks and uterus is split so makes pregnancy hard to detect in early stages…certainly an adventure.

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  21. I delivered prior 4 vaginally and without complications

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    Emily Reply:

    Just wanted to say how lucky you are to have 4 successful pregnancies, plus your current. I was diagnosed with a bicorniate uterus as well, and after 2 miscarriages they decided I needed to see a specialist. It was actually a septate uterus, which is very similar but only the internal structures are affected, not the external. I had surgery to correct it, but unfortunately went on to have 2 more losses. Finally had a baby girl May 2012 and am currently 8.5 weeks pregnant. Keeping my fingers tightly crossed that all goes well. Good luck to you and your family!

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  22. Someone please help.. 6weeks an 4 days pregnant, cervix isn’t high nor low.. But feels slighytly open, is dis nrmal, also this is my 2nd pregnancy

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  23. I’m 30yo and 24 weeks pregnant with #2. I’ve been having panic attacks and been spending all my time worrying which is ruining my pregnancy. My latest worry is I checked my cervix over last week and I can definitely fit tip of finger inside. Should I be concerned about preterm labour? I’m terrified of losing this baby, to the point of extreme anxiety where my pulse races and I feel short of breath. Thanks for any advice

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    The cervix of a women who has given birth is often softer and slightly ‘open’ feeling. I suggest you talk to your midwife/doctor and have them check if you’re concerned. Also, have you thought about getting some therapy to help with the anxiety? You might want to check out EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) or EFT (emotional freedom technique). You might feel better if your anxiety levels came down a bit.

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    Emily Reply:

    Have you thought of purchasing or renting a Doppler for home use? I used one with my last pregnancy (#5 after 4 miscarriages) and it calmed my anxiety down immensely to hear my baby’s heart beating away. Anytime I got worried I would listen and feel instantly better. You should definitely do something for the anxiety though, as you want to be in the best emotional state possible. Pregnancy is so tough sometimes, but hang in there! I hope whatever you choose, you feel better soon!

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  24. I am 5 days late for my period. i checked my cervix today and its not high or low, its very soft and slightly open. For the padt two days when I’ve gone pee and wiped there’s been a little bit of a light red color. AlsoI’m having white discharge. Could i be pregnant????

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  25. I have been checking my cervical position for 6 years. Its how I knew when to take tests with both of my kids. We are pretty sure that I am pregnant again. (High, soft, and closed). I have had only one very very faint positive test and I haven’t had a period since 4/22/13. I’m not sure what is going on. All of my other tests have been negative. Counting from the first day of my last menstrual cycle I would be about 7 1/2 weeks. I have a little firm bump, all of the pregnancy symptoms, just my tests keep coming back negative. I can even feel the makings of a mucus plug. I’m not really sure what to do. My OB says to give it a few more weeks and If I haven’t had a positive test he will do an ultrasound and blood test.

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  26. Hi. I need help pls. I had unprotected sex bout a month ago. We used the pull out method. A week after that I had a very short period (2nd one for that month) not sure if that was spotting or not. Every time I ate, I got nauses, headaches started and maybe 2 or 3 times I felt dizzy for a while. All that stopped now but everyday my ovaries feels like period cramping but its not, if I rub over my bladder position it feels swollen and this morning my vaginal rugae (right hand side) feels swollen. Never felt that before. My periods are irregular and not sure when I’m due for my next period. Am I maybe having pregnancy symptoms? Should I take a test now or wait for my period?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    If you’re concerned, yes, take a pregnancy test. If you continue to have those symptoms, you might want to check with your doctor…

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  27. Mommy of two did u ever find out if u were pregnant. My cervix has been soft for over a month now. I know they say after ovulation it becomes firm again but it never did it would get soft then squishy the back soft then squishy. Then the other day I noticed that It seemed to be shortening kind of like it is being fused with my vaginal wall (if that makes any sense). I’m very confused I took two pregnancy tests and both negative.

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