Adapted excerpt from Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Pregnancy.
Breast changes during pregnancy are anticipated by most women. But exactly what changes should you expect?
One thing lots of people get excited about in pregnancy is the prospect of bigger boobs. Some grow a lot; some don’t grow at all. If they do grow, growth might be slow and steady, intermittent, or all at once. There’s no solid explanation as to why this is the case and like so many of the crazy and varied symptoms of pregnancy it is normally attributed to those lovely hormones that just generally like to wreck havoc on our bodies.
Whether they grow or not, one less exciting aspect of pregnancy is how painful those boobs can be. Some women suffer from slightly tender breasts; others have breasts so sore they can’t even hug their partner without excruciating pain. And then there are the nipples; they might be just a little more sensitive to touch or they may be so sore that towel drying after a shower is way too much.
Most books will tell you that in the third trimester you may start to leak a thick yellowish substance called colostrum; it could be just a tiny amount or enough to warrant the daily use of breast pads. Not to worry, as the books will also tell you, this liquid is in fact the precursor to breast milk and is another sign that your body is preparing for breastfeeding. There are a couple of things, however, that most books don’t mention. The substance does indeed come out as a thick yellow liquid, but it can dry in the form of scabs on your nipples. As if that isn’t a scary enough sight, it can also act as glue that sticks your nipples to your bra or breast pad. One horrified friend described it as akin to tearing a Band-Aid off her nipple when she removed her bra, yikes. Another less commonly known fact is that colostrum may start leaking way, way, before the third trimester, as early as the end of the first trimester. So if you haven’t got to that part of the book yet, there is the potential for a major freak-out the first time you notice you have crusty yellow nipples!
I regularly post adapted excerpts from my “Stuff I Wish I Knew…” series of books. My goal is to help new and expectant parents to feel a little more prepared for what to expect on the journey to parenthood.
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