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Darker Nipples? Are you Pregnant?

Darker Nipples? Are you Pregnant?

Pregnancy brings lots of curiosities in a woman especially if it’s a very first pregnancy and why not, after all, a baby is the one that is going to change your world.

Once you have conceived, we are sure you would like to know about the early signs that may confirm you are expecting a baby and the visit your doctor to confirm your pregnancy via a standard pregnancy test.

Our major focus in this article is going to be on why do nipples get darker during pregnancy. This may be commonly known by darker nipples, darkened nipples, and Montgomery’s tubercles.

How do darker nipples develop?

There are pregnancy hormones that are responsible for the darkening of the nipples. Otherwise also, the hormones Progesterone and estrogen are present in a female’s body that is responsible for the normal menstruation cycle in a woman and these hormones also cause the darkening of the skin. As more hormones are secreted by a woman during pregnancy, more melanin is produced and hence it leads to more pigmentation. The more the melanin produced, the darker will be the skin. A woman’s nipples, areolas (the skin around the nipples) and the breasts as a whole starts getting darker. The color deepens as more and more melanin is produced and this pigments the color of your skin. Darkening of the breasts mean, the pregnancy hormones are getting you ready for breastfeeding.

During the pregnancy or post-delivery, the skin may develop some red color, or may itch but is usually tolerable. If not, consult a doctor immediately for possible skin infection or other hormonal changes.

Nipples also get darker due to aging factor and in certain cases, the side effects of any medicine.

Technically speaking, there are oil glands present around a human’s breasts whose function is to secret oil and during pregnancy or just a week or two after conception in a woman, more oil secretes that acts as a lubrication for the area around your breasts and the nipples leading to darker nipples. The darker effect is because of the fact that the area or the skin around a woman’s breasts is highly sensitive and soft causing more darkness.

While the nipples retain their previous color after childbirth or even few weeks after or in some cases during the middle of breastfeeding. Things may vary from body to body. Some women are naturally dark so changes may not be prominently visible.

Applying skin whitening creams for darker nipples and ointments may not be safe for your skin, and even for a breastfeeding baby. Consult a doctor before trying any ointment.

Other Pregnancy Symptoms

Apart from darkening of the nipples, they also get little larger and swollen. There also comes a stage known as Montgomery Tubercles. When this happens, a pregnant woman will notice tiny bumps on her breasts. The number of Montgomery glands may vary from 5 to even 4 times in women. Imagine if these glands are not secreting oil, your breasts may become painful due to breastfeeding, may cause abrasion and skin may get too dry as a result of the persistent pressure due to breastfeeding.

Among other symptoms, the colostrum in your breasts starts discharging before the delivery period. Colostrum leakage or breast nipple discharge in the form of milk will mean you are soon going to enter into the motherhood. This will happen in-between the first and the second trimester, when one trimester end and other just begins. Currently the color of the colostrum will be like thick yellow and will turn colorless when third trimester is nearing end because the infant’s lactation period will begin soon.

If you have any questions related to pregnancy, please feel free to Ask Your Queries here at MediMetry.


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