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Breast Massage For Pregnant Women
Hi, I was wondering how long after conception does a woman experience pregnancy symptoms? I had my period on sept 30, 2011 and my husband and I had unprotected sex on oct 15, 2011. I have been feeling sick to my stomach throughout the day and my breasts
The symptoms of pregnancy can start once implantation occurs. This typically happens about 8-10 days after ovulation. Based on your LMP of 8/30/11, you likely ovulated on or around 10/14/11, if in fact you conceived, then the timing for pregnancy symptoms is consistent. There are early prediction pregnancy tests in stores that can predict pregnancy a week before your next period is due. I suggest you take one to be sure, or you can always follow up with your primary care provider or gynecologist for testing.
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Could be an issue: This may or may not truly be milk. In some cases, discharge may not be worrisome, but in other instances it can signal more serious issues. If it continues, you should see a gyn. ...Read more
Usually: For most women the breast enlargement associated with pregnancy and lactation is temporary. Within 3 to 6 months after delivery (if not breastfeeding) the breasts are back to their normal prepregnancy state. For breastfeeding moms, the breasts generally return to normal by about 6 months after stopping nursing. ...Read more
Can I massage my own belly while pregnant? When should I start? Can breasts be massaged too? When experiencing ligament pains, massage ok?
I have not breast fed or been pregnant before. I'm a young teenage female and my breasts are still growing. Is this healthy, should I be concerned?
What could cause colostrum/milk production in women under 30 who are not likely pregnant? Period is not yet late. Colostrum produced by both breasts
Prolactin: Breast milk is made in your breasts in response to a hormone produced in your pituitary called prolactin. Sometimes galactorrhea (milk production in the absence of a pregnancy) can be due to a tumor in the pituitary. Consider seeing a doctor to have your prolactin levels checked. Good luck! ...Read more
Curious: why would breasts produce milk with certain medication in non-pregnant women and what would this mean?
It's benign.: Some medications may cause alteration in hormone production or secretion. This may lead to stimulation of milk producing cells or glands in the breast and causes milk production or secretion. This is benign (not pathological) and should not cause any medical problems or harm. It's more of an inconvenience than any serious health problems or issues. ...Read more
Hormone driven: Some (but not all) types of breast cancer are driven (feed off) by hormones. Therefore in pregnant women with high hormones level, breast cancer may grow faster. It is analogous to how hormone replacement therapy has been linked to breast cancer in older women. ...Read more
Lactation Start?: There is no definitive time that pre-lactation begins in a pregnancy; some women experience the onset of a unilateral or bilateral clear discharge as early as 13 weeks; others, as late as 32 weeks or beyond. Tho set of lactation is merely a sign that hormone levels that stimulate lactation have reached "operational" levels, and that you are rest to breast feed when the moment arrives! ...Read more
If a baby suckles a woman who has never been pregnant, will woman eventually start to produce breast milk?
Possibly: In the old days "wet nurses" would breast feed another woman's baby for a prolonged period, but most of these wet nurses originally started lactating from their own pregnancies. ...Read more
Yes: It is very common.Get a more detailed answer ›
Breast itchiness: Expanding size can lead to itching. If skin is dry - try use of moisturizer. ...Read more
Yes: Yes but with very wide variation. Every body is different ...Read more
? Galactorrhea?: Possible causes for Galactorrhea include but are not limited to use of birth control pills, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic meds, some sedatives, fennel, anise, fenugreek, some hypertension meds, Cocaine, Opioids, hypothyroidism, prolactinoma, renal dz, pregnancy, & significant breast stimulation. ...Read more
They would need to: Be medically evaluated to see if medications, a tumor or a medical condition is causing the lactation. ...Read more
Not breastfeeding: Risperidone is a strong medication for use in women with psychiatric illness. It can be used in pregnancy with your doctor's supervision. Some infants will show signs of withdrawl after birth, but the benefits may be better than the risks of stopping. Risperidone will pass into breast milk and a woman should use formula instead. ...Read more
Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females and they may be related to hereditary factors but they do become more pronounced during pregnancies ...Read more
When pregnant does a ALL women Breast feel sore or a different feelings as a symptom in the first 2 months?
Common but not all: That's very common; I don't believe there is even one symptom that all pregnant women have, they can all be different. ...Read more
Is it normal for women not pregnant to lactate? Does it mean something more if it's only in one breast and not bilateral?
No: Lactation without pregnancy is an indication of some hormonal disturbance. You should visit your doctor and let him examine you and order tests to make sure your pituitory gland (located under the brain) is healthy. Sometimes a small adenoma (prolactinoma) in the pituitory gland can cause lactation like you have. It may require blood tests and x-rays of this gland to check you for this condition. ...Read more
At what age is it normal for a woman to start developing breast milk? Or do you have to become pregnant for that to happen?
The majority of breast cancers are hormone sensitive/dependent. With pregnancy, there are extremely high hormonal levels creating a highly stimulatory environment for a sensitive cancer.
This does not mean that everything that changes or appears in the breast is cancer - many benign changes occur in all women and benign lesions cane also appear and grow quickly. Present any concerns to your md. ...Read more