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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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Nipples getting dark during pregnancy, it it permanent? are there any cream or ointment to get them back to normal after pregnancy?

Nipples getting dark during pregnancy, it it permanent? are there any cream or ointment to get them back to normal after pregnancy?

Progesterone : This is usually due to the pregnancy hormone, progesterone. Sometimes it returns to normal after pregnancy. Wait until after you deliver to see how your body reacts and then see a doctor if no improvement. Good health. ...Read more

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Can your nipples get enlarged before your period and darker around your areola? or is that just a pregnancy symptom?

Can your nipples get enlarged before your period and darker around your areola? or is that just a pregnancy symptom?

Possible: Your body prepares for a pregnancy every single month, when the released egg is NOT fertilized , then you have a period and all the pregnancy like symptoms (breast pain/enlargement) resolve. If you missed your period pls do your pregnancy test. ...Read more

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My skin got really dark during pregnancy (neck, nipples stomach) will it go back to normal?

My skin got really dark during pregnancy (neck, nipples stomach) will it go back to normal?

Yes: Because of the hormonal influence , you get hyperpigmentations in the areas as you mentioned, some times over cheeks also. Will disappear after preganancy ends in matter of few wks to fe months. ...Read more

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Only about a week in of possible pregnancy, dark tender nipples, peeing a lot, could I get these symptoms so quickly? Could I be pregnant? Been trying

Only about a week in of possible pregnancy, dark tender nipples, peeing a lot, could I get these symptoms so quickly? Could I be pregnant? Been trying

Not too likely: Usually you do not get symptoms of pregnancy so early. Occasionally you will have some light bleeding that you think is a period but really you are already pregnant. If that happens then you can be having symptoms if you are a month farther along than you think. If your pregnancy test is positive please take a prenatal vitamin daily and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Age 24. Gave birth a week ago. Dark looking breasts during pregnancy. Flat nipple. Blood from both breasts in colostrum. Boil beside breast. Advice?

Age 24. Gave birth a week ago. Dark looking breasts during pregnancy. Flat nipple. Blood from both breasts in colostrum. Boil beside breast. Advice?

Nipple problems: If someone is breastfeeding and has cracked nipples there may be some blood. Most women don't have to deal with that. Also need to have someone see if it is a boil - as in an infection - or if it is a blister from nursing. If someone is having problems breastfeeding it would be a good idea to talk to a lactation consultant. Also should have breasts checked by MD to see if infected or not. ...Read more

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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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During pregnancy is it possible for nipples to hurt during the time I normally ovulate and only then.

Estrogen effects: While ovulation relates to a surge in estrogen levels, breast and nipple tenderness can occur at other times, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and other times of hormonal imbalances, the list is rather long. Your pregnancy causes sensitivity that can be cyclical - I suggest you run this by your OB for more answers ...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