Nipples During Pregnancy

During the duration of a pregnancy not only are the nipples changed, but also a woman’s body, and the changes may cause a number of problems. To be successful at breast feeding you need to be ready, since glandular tissue will grow causing the breasts to increase in size and become more dense.
The nipples also during pregnancy must change as well.  They need to grow and react to stimulation, and these changes need to happen before the birth of the baby.

Nipples fluctuations during the pregnancy include the presence of discharge in which the pores and skin can react to irritation, itching, crusts. And we can not exclude the potential for disease during the time of childbearing, so you have to visit a doctor Nipples on early stages of maternity vary from the first days, in fact, as early as 5-6 weeks all women realizes how they were different from before.

If you are not pregnant nipples are light, pale pink, when you are pregnant they become more dark, almost brown. They frequently become really sensitive, not to mention hurt, and all of the early changes are included into the traditional early signs of pregnancy. Nipples on initial stages of being pregnant are changing quickly together with the breast, during the second trimester the changes stop, however by 20-25 weeks time begins the development of colostrum, and this again calls attention to the breast and might be an issue. After pregnancy and breast feeding nipples lighten up, turn back to the identical size, however they will not be quite the just the same as before. On this page we will deal with almost all the normal changes and possible deviations from the norm, along with assessment and possible answers.

Possible nipple changes during the pregnancy

The sensitivity of nipples You may have sensitivity of the nipples early on during the pregnancy. What is happening? Prolactin, one of the bodily hormones, which is preserved and released in the initial stages in large quantities. It is also known as hormone of lactation. Breast tissue and nipples in particular, have receptors for this hormone, and at its actual highest possible level, get a group to grow and develop.Due to the increasing size of the areola for a few weeks at times, the nipple skin lacks time for these changes and isstrongly stretched, leading to the sensitivity, perhaps even pain. So if you have a sore, itchy nipples while being pregnant, perhaps even burning and tingling – it is not frightening and it’s not a disease but instead a sign of pregnancy. Only some women get sore nipples throughout the pregnancy, a few breast are almost unchanged, which is typical, it depends on the sensitivity to prolactin. This does not mean that will probably be just a little milk after, this all is simply extremely individual. Will there be ways to help if nipples are aching? Yes, of course. You have to find the correct size bra with delicate cotton, as well as begin using the products which reduce stretch marks on breasts during pregnancy.

Throughout the pregnancy nipples swell because of the significant increase of mammary excretory ducts, they ought to be convexed, so that the baby could easily grab them with his/ her mouth. Areola are stretched out just as a direct result of the breast gland increasing. At the end of lactation breasts dimensions becomes smaller, along with the areola area is also decreased but the nipples will probably remain bigger, then they were before pregnancy. In lots of ways the look of nipples during the pregnancy depends on heredity. Flat nipples may become a problem to feeding, in order to prevent this, nipples ought to be prepared to breast feeding.

The color of nipples Nipples areola during pregnancy increases in diameter and darkens. The degree of darkening may be different, some women have almost brown nipples. In the same time, the color of the nipples during pregnancy may be the same color as the areola, or lighter. Redness of the nipples during the pregnancy is observed more rarely and normally occurs in a very light-skinned women, natural blondes. The darkening of the nipples during the pregnancy happens due to the deposition of melanin pigment, which is produced in the skin under the influence of sex hormones. The terms when the nipples darken during pregnancy are different, for example, for some women this occurs on the earliest terms, as early as 6-8 weeks, but for others these changes are gradual. It should be noted that a strong darkening of the nipples during early pregnancy may become less pronounced during last months, stretching and increasing in size, areola gradually brightens.

During the pregnancy the nipples darken not all. Once again itdepends on the sensitivity to the hormones of pregnancy. If your  nipples have not darkened, there’s nothing wrong with you. Not everybody have the reflection on another pigment, such as a dark stripe on the abdomen or chloasma spots on the face. At the same time, dark brown nipples, the color of which you probably do not like now will not remain forever, they are sure to brighten. Darkening of the nipples during pregnancy Discharge from the nipple Discharge from the nipples during pregnancy is very common, it does not need to be afraid of at all. Sometimes colostrum appears already in the early weeks, but the usual period of discharge emergence is the third trimester of the pregnancy. Like other symptoms of pregnancy, discharge from the nipples is a common symptom of preparing the body for childbirth, there is a kind of training before lactation. What is colostrum? It is clear fluid with the patches of white or yellow, sometimes only white or only yellow fluid from the nipples. Pregnancy does not preclude the possibility of simultaneous lactation, if you feed your baby during pregnancy, your breasts will continue to produce normal breast milk, though its taste may change, and this is a common reason baby’s refusal to consume it. Yet prior to delivery is better to take a break for breastfeeding at least for a couple of months. Preparing the nipples for breastfeeding during the pregnancy The change of nipples during the pregnancy itself prepares the breast for feeding. At the tall order, no special  preparation of the nipple for feeding is required, but rather a psychological need to tune in to the  breastfeeding. The breast should be specially prepared only in case of the flat and tight nipples and if the areola is not expandable. Sometimes the nipples are normal, but not as responsive as they should. Rather than lengthen and become prominent in response to the stimulation they  are drawn. These nipples during pregnancy also require attention, as in this period they can be trained to respond to stimulation in the correct way, but the techniques, used in such cases, can cause the uterine contractions due to the oxytocin release. This is the reason for the prohibition of any breast manipulation due to the threat of miscarriage. The nipples massage during pregnancy is contraindicated in such cases.

If healthy and there is nor a threat of termination, then it is may be recommended to strengthen the nipples by pulling them between the fingers. While pregnant this kind of massage cannot be performed for more than 1 minute, and cannot be carried out aggressively. Note, even if you have flat nipples, it’s not so critical, since the child does not suck the nipple, but the breasts. So a woman will be able to breastfeed irregardless case.

Mammary readiness test for childbirth

The nipple stimulation massage during pregnancy will cause the release of endogenous (produced in a woman’s body), oxytocin, a hormone that causes contractions. When a pregnant woman is ready for delivery, the uterus responds to this reduction. Mammary  readiness test for birth based on registration of uterine contractions in response to the nipple stimulation. It is rendered as positive if the CTG registers contractions in 3 minutes or earlier after the onset of stimulation, and at least three of such reductions are going on within 10. In case of a normal pregnancy there is no threat in nipple massage and should not be the cause of labour. Only if the mother and the child are ready for delivery is when this can cause  real parodynia.

Problems with the nipples during pregnancy and how to solve them

If the nipples while pregnant peel, are very dry and/or cracked Dry nipples during pregnancy is the problem which women most often get. Why do nipples peel and dry? Like with other skin changes, dry nipples can be caused by vitamin deficiency, such as vitamin A, and B vitamins, hormonal changes and skin irritation with constantly leaking colostrum. Normally, the nipples peel during last stages of the pregnancy cycle, but some happen at eh very beginning. If you do nothing and simply endure, cracked nipples may appear and may cause severe soreness. Peeling, dryness and cracked nipples during pregnancy are not an unsolvable issue. Do you take care of your breasts skin? Do you use creams? Do not neglect the nipple and be sure to lubricate this area with anti stretch products. Cracks can be healed with bepanthen or sea buckthorn oil.

Papilloma and a mole on your nipples If you have a wart and/or a mole on your nipple, and the child will probably get it when sucking, then  it is best to get rid of them. Flat dark moles shouldn’t be removed, however hanging papilloma should be removed before the birth. Consult with your mammalogist.

When you should consult your doctor:

– the nipple color changes, redness or swelling, and a sharp temperature rise of the skin over it.

– abnormal discharges (blood from the nipple, greenish, foul-smelling discharges and other strange signs)

– sensitive nipples during the pregnancy are normal, but the pain should not be permanent and it should not occur to one breast only.


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