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Montgomery glands during pregnancy

Montgomery glands (areola glands) are sebaceous glands in the areola – they appear on the surface of the skin as tiny bumps. Number of these glands could be different – women could have 4-28 glands. Main function of Montgomery glands is a production of oily secrets for keeping areola and nipples protected and lubricated. Montgomery tubercles are also very important during breastfeeding – these tiny glands not only keep nipples lubricated but also protect from infection. It is very important for baby health during breast feeding.

Sometimes changes in Montgomery tubercles could be triggered by hormonal dysfunctions, stress or body physical transformations (weight loss, anorexia, obesity).

Montgomery tubercles become more apparent when the nipple is stimulated. At the same time, Montgomery glands’ changes could be first signs of pregnancy – they become more prominent during pregnancy.

Montgomery glands during pregnancy

Montgomery glands during pregnancy

Montgomery glands during pregnancy

Many women notice that changes of Montgomery tubercles’ appearance was the first symptom of pregnancy. Some women notice changes of nipple glands even before their missed period. Some experts consider Montgomery glands’ changes as very early sign of pregnancy.

Pregnant women usually have darkening of the areolas along with Montgomery tubercles. Nipples and glands changes usually start occurring because breasts start preparing to produce milk in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Future pregnancy development has special influence at nipples and areola glands – they become larger, more pronounced and darker.

If you notice specific changes in your Montgomery glands, check also other pregnancy symptoms.

Pregnancy symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms

Special attention should be paid to the nipple discharge during pregnancy. If pregnancy will be confirmed, it is normal (breast preparation for breast feeding). But if pregnancy would not be confirmed, it would be strongly recommended to visit your doctor as soon as possible.

According to health experts, discharge from areola glands may be an early sign of breast cancer.

Montgomery glands care is important during pregnancy. Pregnant women should examine breasts regularly (every 4-5 weeks). Sometimes pregnant women could palpate small lumps which more commonly could be clogged milk ducts. They could be red, tender-to-the-touch, hard lumps in the breast tissue. Don’t panic. Warm compresses (running warm water over breasts in the shower or applying warm facecloth) and/or massages will probably clear the duct during few days. If not, just visit your doctor.

 


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