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Doctor insights on: Discolored Nipples Pregnancy

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Dr. James Lin
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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Why do nipples get dark during pregnancy?

Why do nipples get dark during pregnancy?

Nobody knows. : Most people believe that the hormonal changes in pregnancy cause this, but nobody really knows for sure. ...Read more

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What are the causes for darker nipples other than pregnancy ?

What are the causes for darker nipples other than pregnancy ?

See below: Pregnancy hormones cause increase pigmentation throughout the body. Example, if you have melasma (dark spots on face), they will get worse. Nipples will get darker. ...Read more

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In early pregnancy is it normal for your nipples to get hard easily?

In early pregnancy is it normal for your nipples to get hard easily?

Yes: Breasts become swollen and enlarged in early pregnancy so it is easier for the nipples to stiffen. ...Read more

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About how many weeks in pregnancy should the nipples start opening up?

Huh?: I'm not sure what you mean by 'nipples opening up.' i've never heard that term before. Some women have painful nipples in pregnancy, others notice no change. Some women will have discharge from nipples in pregnancy (early let down), other women have none. Thus, there isn't a time, to my knowledge, that all women experience the same sensation with their nipples. ...Read more

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What does nipples look like in early pregnancy ?

Bigger,brighter, etc: The areola (the darker circle around the nipples) becomes more prominent, and larger. The nipples increase in size in preparation for their natural function, breast feeding. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can scabby nipples be a sign of pregnancy ?

Not necessarily: While your skin may change in pregnancy and the nipples also change there are other things you need to look out for. The nipple can get injured and the nipple skin can dry out. But I would have the area evaluated to make sure its not paget's of the nipple unless it is resolving on its own. Also a urine pregnancy test is easily found in stores ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more