It is important as pregnant to know which natural changes occur with the breast along the way. Both to increase awareness of themselves and their body – but also to recognize changes that are not natural.
The month of October, which has just ended, is an international breast cancer month . Throughout the world, there has been a focus on the common fight against breast cancer, including which symptoms one should be aware of as a woman.
The fact is that every 9th woman gets breast cancer. The sooner it is discovered, the greater the healing potential has been significantly improved over recent years as scientists have become more aware of this disease.
The vast majority of breast cancer cases are found in women over the age of 50, but younger women can also have breast cancer, although this is rare. However, there is a slight increase in breast cancer in pregnant women, which is due to the fact that women get older before they get their children. Don’t be too scared now – there are still very small numbers of women of childbearing age. Nevertheless, it is a disease that is important to be aware of for all women. Regardless of age and whether you are pregnant or not. The following describes the natural changes that occur during pregnancy. In the fact box you will find symptoms that you need to be aware of, as they may in rare cases be signs of breast disease.
Normal Breast Changes When You Are Pregnant
Some women find that a strong chest tension is the first sign of pregnancy. As a woman you can also experience up to the menstrual period. But this time, menstruation does not come – and chest tension continues.
During pregnancy, there is a major or minor change in the chest. Like the rest of the body, breast tissue is also affected by pregnancy hormones.
The nipple and brown area around the wart, areola, are changing. The brown area may become slightly larger in circumference and often become slightly or much darker. Some women get incredibly sensitive nipples and can hardly touch any kind of touch. On the nipple, there may be some small buds called Montgomery’s glands. It may look like little pimples, but let them finally be. You do not know exactly what function the glands have, but probably they help to “lubricate” the wart, so that the skin becomes more elastic, the day the child is put to the breast.
The blood supply to the chest increases. Often the blood vessels become clearer and it can be seen how the vessels branch under the skin. It sends oxygen and nourishment to the breast so it can grow and start producing milk.
Inside the breast is glandular tissue where the milk production takes place. During pregnancy, the glandular tissue develops and in many pregnant women feels just under the skin, like small bubbles or nodules. In between the glands are fatty tissue. The amount of adipose tissue does not grow immediately, it is the development of mammary glands that causes the breast to grow.