First Signs of Pregnancy

Larger, firmer and tender breasts are one of the earliest signs that a baby is on the way.

During the first 3 months of pregnancy, your body begins preparing to breastfeed by thickening the layer of fat and increasing the number and size of milk glands in your breasts.

You may want to buy a couple of new bras in a larger size; good breast support will keep you more comfortable throughout pregnancy.

Other Changes You May Notice:

  • The area just around your nipples (the areola) may appear wider and darker. The surface will become bumpier as the small glands on it increase in size. These tiny glands produce a delicate oil to soothe and moisturize your nipples throughout pregnancy and during breastfeeding. (Pinching or squeezing this oil out may irritate or damage your nipples.)

    Now is a good time to begin learning about breastfeeding and the amazing role your breasts have in nourishing your baby after birth.
  • If you have very fair skin, you may notice slight pigment changes around your lips or hairline.
  • Pregnancy also announces itself with the need for frequent urination as your uterus grows and your body needs more fluids in general. Don't drink less fluid to limit your trips to the ladies' room, however. Your baby and your body need at least 2 quarts of liquid plain water is best every day throughout pregnancy.
  • You may also have some slight heartburn during these early weeks of pregnancy.
  • You may tire easily these days. A short afternoon nap, even just 20 minutes, can do wonders for your energy level. Try to sleep when you are sleepy, eat when you are hungry and exercise when you are energetic. Take care of your body, so that your body can take care of your baby.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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