Breast changes during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your breasts will change to prepare them for feeding your baby. These changes are caused by an increase in hormones, and may include: 

  • more noticeable veins on your breasts 
  • an increase in breast size
  • a change in the size, colour, and sensitivity of your nipples and areola (the darker area of skin around your nipples)  
  • more noticeable Montgomery tubercles (these are tiny, raised bumps over the areola that produce fluid to moisturise and protect the nipple)

These changes are all normal. However, if you are worried about any changes to your breasts, please speak to your GP.  

For guidance on how to check your breasts, please visit: 

For more information on breast changes after your baby’s birth, please visit the section, possible breast problems after you have had your baby 

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