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How can u tell if ur areola is raised darkened and widen if u see them everyday and ur pregnant?, how can u tell the difference?

How can u tell if ur areola is raised darkened and widen if u see them everyday and ur pregnant?, how can u tell the difference?

Take a preg test: If you have darker skin, the areola is usally darkened. Areola darkening is not usually a first sign of pregnancy. Early signs of preg are nausea, vomiting, fatigue & breast tenderness. Usu the linea nigra (dark vertical line on stomach) and other skin darkening happens later in pregnancy. If you don't want to be pregnant, use birth control. If you want to be preg, take folic acid/prenatal vit. ...Read more

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I have a few spots that look like hickeys n my areola but no bruise. I have no discharge or sore boobs. Am i pregnant?

I have a few spots that look like hickeys n my areola but no bruise. I have no discharge or sore boobs. Am i pregnant?

Take a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. If you have abnormal skin lesions on your breasts then you should schedule a visit with a dermatologist to find out what is wrong. These are not symptoms of pregnancy ...Read more

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What should my areolas look like if im pregnant?

What should my areolas look like if im pregnant?

They may become: Darker and larger with more pronounced montgomery glands. ...Read more

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My areolas are getting darker. Took a pregnancy test & its neg. What could be causing them to darken?

Lets review your que: Areola darkening is not an early sign of pregnancy. Darker signed people rend to have darker areolas. Changes in hormone levels can cause it. Early pregnancy usually has signs of fatigue nausea so if you have none of these symptoms it is most likely a normal phenomenon. If it is one sided then I would seek the help of a doctor ...Read more

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Hi, suspecting pregnancy, have nausea and vomiting but no bumps on areolas some pores look like they are opening on my nipples, NT like shown on net?

Hi, 
suspecting pregnancy, have nausea and vomiting but no bumps on areolas some pores look like they are opening on my nipples, NT like shown on net?

Possible pregnancy: If you are at least several days late for your period then check a pregnancy test. Breasts and nipples can change with hormone changes. ...Read more

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Are darkened areolas a reliable symptom of pregnancy at 6/7 dpo? Or too early? I weaned my toddler a month ago. I just noticed this change today.

Are darkened areolas a reliable symptom of pregnancy at 6/7 dpo? Or too early? I weaned my toddler a month ago. I just noticed this change today.

Patience: No. At 6-7 days after ovulation, there is no sign or symptom that says there is a pregnancy, and there is no sign or symptom that says there is not a pregnancy. It is too early for one to be thinking about pregnancy. A woman can start thinking about pregnancy if her period is missed, about 2 weeks after ovulation, and do a home pregnancy test a few days after that. Patience is a blessing. ...Read more

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Do areolas typically darken with age? Over the past few days they've been sore and darkening&pretty sure not pregnant. 2wks until next period.

Do areolas typically darken with age? Over the past few days they've been sore and darkening&pretty sure not pregnant. 2wks until next period.

Get a pregnancy: test now. If negative, wait a week, then check another pregnancy test. If negative again, wait another week, check another pregnancy test. Don't convince yourself that you are not pregnant until you have had 3 negatives in 3 weeks and your period has returned. Areolas should not change color much, but they do "shrink" with age. They will enlarge and look more robust with pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dark patches on areola does it mean im pregnant?

Positive test?: If there is not a positive pregnancy test then dark areola are not diagnostic for the same. Areolar pigmentation can occur for reasons other than pregnancy especially in non white individuals. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and i noticed some black dots around my areola, is it normal?

Could be: The skin around the nipple can change in color when pregnant and certain hormones change/fluctuate throughout your pregnancy. At your next prenatal visit, have your provider examine your areolar area to be safe though. Congratulations. ...Read more

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I'm 25weeks pregnant it my 1st and one areola is significantly bigger than the other. Anything I can do to increase the other areola? I can't stand it

Life's little issues: Yes, this is one of life's "little" issues as usually one breast is also larger than the other, thus the areola will also be of different sizes. No, there is nothing you can do about Mother Nature's construction. ...Read more

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Do areola changes occur during pregnancy?

Yes: During pregnancy the areola become darker w thicker tissues ; increases in size. The montgomery glands on the areola become larger. ...Read more

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Are bumps on areola normal even if you arent pregnant?

Normal: There are glands on your areola that look like bumps, that are completely normal. If you have a new lump or mass, however, then definitely see a doctor for an exam and work up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dark spots on areola but not pregnant.. What could this be?

Probably normal: This is probably nomal. If they are new then see your gyn or dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes the pain around the areola during pregnancy?

What causes the pain around the areola during pregnancy?

Engorgement: Breast tissue normally expands, and later becomes engorged. The stretching of the skin around the breast can often lend itself to pain around the areola. The areola is also hypersensitized during pregnancy and after delivery to help with breastfeeding and this can cause some irritation/pain as well. My wife used cocoa butter when she was pregnant and it helped her. Ob will have other treatments. ...Read more

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Help please! could bumps appear on the areola without a woman being pregnant?

Yes: Montgomery Glands lubricate the nipples and areolas. They look like small bumps. They become more prominent with pregnancy ...Read more

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I have clear liquid coming out of my areola. I'm 20 and I don't think I'm pregnant. There's a little pain when squeezed. Should I be concerned?

I have clear liquid coming out of my areola. I'm 20 and I don't think I'm pregnant.  There's a little pain when squeezed. Should I be concerned?

Prolactin rise: Prolactin is a hormone that acts on the breast to produce milk when pregnant. If it is being inappropriately produced by a pituitary (brain) growth then clear breast liquid can also be produced. Have a MD do a prolactin blood test when you see her/him. ...Read more

Areola (Definition)

The areola is the dark ...Read more