When you first get pregnant, your breasts will start changing in preparation for your baby. You should expect normal changes while your body gets ready for the arrival of your baby.
- Growth and enlargement
- Tenderness and hypersensitivity
- Darkening of the nipples and areolas because of hormones that effect the pigment of your skin
- Darkening veins around your breasts due to an increase in your blood supply to the area
- Your breasts may start to leak something called colostrum which is a thick yellowish substance
- Nipples will stick out more and areolas will grow larger
- Small glands on the surface of your areolas called Montgomery’s tubercles become raised bumps.
The hormones in your body are the cause of these changes and you may experience some of these more than others.
To get through some changes, here are some helpful tips to deal with them.
Growth and Enlargement
Some women might be excited to get larger breasts while big chested women are dreading this part of pregnancy. To help you get through this part, trying buying a better supporting bra to stay comfortable.
Sensitive and Tender Breasts
The hormones in your body are preparing for lactation. Your breasts will fill with milk early in pregnancy causing your nipples and breasts to become sensitive. This could be bad for your or good for your sex life depending on the situation you are in.
This sweet watery fluid is known as pre-milk and is easy to digest. Colostrum will be produced more into your second trimester. It will appear thick and yellow at first, but as the day you’ll give birth comes near, it becomes pale and almost colorless. This will provide your baby with its first few meals before the milk comes in. Discharge may occur when your breasts are massaged or sexually stimulated. There is no need to be alarmed when this happened. If you don’t experience this, there is no need to be alarmed either.
One thing that is important while you’re pregnant, is to continue self-breast exams. This may become harder because of the changes but still important. You may notice lumps form, but they are more than likely just clogged milk ducts. They will be red, tender-to-the-touch hard lumps on your breasts. To sooth them and unclog them, you can use warm compresses and massage them for a few days. If you are unsure about a lump, or one will not go away, you should see your doctor. Make sure you keep up on your self-exams and do one every 4-5 weeks.
Remember that the changes in your body are just routine for getting ready for your baby. Your doctor should tell you everything that is happening to you and will happen. If you are nervous about any changes or experience any changes that aren’t familiar, notify your doctor and make an appointment immediately.