Age 25 Pregnancy & Postpartum

This is the cervix of a 25 years old woman pregnant with her first child.  She has no history of gynecological surgeries, though she did have annual pap smears between ages 15 and 24, which always had normal results.  She took hormonal birth control pills between the ages of 15 and 24.  She had begun practicing Fertility Awareness Method of birth control and her cycle length was about 22 days before she conceived.

11th Week of Pregnancy

This woman was used to tracking her cervix pre-pregnancy, and described her pregnant cervix at this stage to be a little bigger, thick center, soft around the outside.  For her, she said it felt similar to ovulation state (including similar secretions) but with a thicker center.

 

34th Week of Pregnancy

The cervix is almost completely obscured in this photo due to the swelling of the vagina common in late pregnancy.  She noted that in this photo she had a vaginal yeast infection.

 

5 weeks Postpartum

This mama spontaneously birthed her baby vaginally 5 weeks ago at home with only the presence of her partner.  She listened to her instincts, birthed in the squatting position, and eased her baby out slowly, without tears or damage to her perineum; she reports that the labor and birth were relatively pain free.  At the time this photo was taken, she was breastfeeding exclusively.  This photo was taken the first day of her first menstruation postpartum, and you can see the blood flowing from her os.  Her period did not resume regularly after this; she had three weak ‘periods’ two weeks apart.  When feeling her cervix, she noticed a small hard bump near her os.  Though hardly visible, she deduced it was Nabothian cyst.  It disappeared few weeks later. 

Nabothian Cyst

Nabothian cysts are mucous filled and can generally be felt as a small firm bump on the surface of the cervix.  They are generally benign and resolve on their own.

Beautiful Cervix Project 2020