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Changing of the Areolas and Nipples

Besides a woman’s breasts being tender and swollen early in the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman may notice changes to her areolas and nipples. New hormones running through her body may cause your nipples to become bigger and darker than they normally are.

As your breasts get bigger, your nipples naturally get bigger as well. The darkening of the nipples is caused by a temporary increase of melanin, the natural pigment that your body produces that gives your hair, skin and eyes their color. For most women, within a few months of having their baby, the nipples will return to their normal color and size. If a woman is breastfeeding, the nipples may not return to their normal size until after she weans her baby.

Another change in the nipples that a woman may discover once she gets pregnant are the Montgomery’s tubercles (glands or little bumps surrounding the nipples) getting bigger, elevating and becoming more prominent. Not all women experience this, and some may not experience it till the second or third trimester.

If you do not believe you are pregnant, there are other things that can cause these changes in your nipples. Weight gain can cause your breasts to enlarge, therefore causing your nipples to enlarge. If you like to tan, your nipples may become darker. A hormone imbalance may cause your nipples to get darker, or left over melanin from a previous pregnancy may cause this darkening. If you are not sure what is going on with your body, be sure to ask your doctor.

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2 years 11 months ago

I don’t know if this is the right place or not but I got my implant taken out 5 days ago and the day after I got it taken out and the day after that I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, I started taking the pill the morning that I had unprotected sex for the second time, I’ve been feeling sick, a sore hip, my nipples hurt and my breasts and nipples seem larger and I’ve been feeling dizzy a lot recently, is it possible I’m pregnant?

3 years 23 days ago

okay last month I had my period round the 23 and it ended on the 27 aweek after that I had sex . this month my period didn’t come so now its 3 days late . and I notice that my nipple are sore and it hurt when I touch they , there are also little bumps starting to come around then and starting to turn a darker color .could this be a sing that I might be pregnant????

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3 years 1 month ago
Me and my wife just started home insemnation and I’ve never been pregnant before. My period is due the end of the month and I’ve been noticing that my boobs feel really fuller now, and my nipple have gotten pretty dark and I have a white tan and bumps. Also I’ve been so tired. I have to take breaks walking upstairs. I’ve been showing a lot of signs these past days and I’to only been 8 days since conception. I’m also having these weird electrical pokey feeling by my ovaries and it travels . Has anyone been experiencing this? I… Read more »
3 years 3 months ago

So I am pregnant and my right next to my nipple still in the areola is what feels like a rock its sore to touch even when I have a coat on u can feel it. Hurts any ideas?

3 years 5 months ago

Hi, my name is Tiaa.I’m experiencing changes in my breast that I’ve never seen before. I have tiny bumps around my areola & bumps around the nipple part as if it’s cold out. Idk what or why it’s there I’ve never seen it before my breast are sensitive, I can feel the same bumps around my areloa. I waited 2 in a half weeks to take a pregnancy test but it came out negative, then I got my period but the bumps are still there I’m lost & confused this is so new to me.

3 years 6 months ago

Hi, I’m 19 and I am worried I could be pregnant? My boyfriend has said my nipples have got darker, boobs have got bigger and I am bloated, but I don’t feel sick at all, no cravings and no soreness or anything and I am on the pill and I take it correctly everyday, have done for 5 years and have my period at the end of the month? it could be nothing but I am worried as I’m not ready yet.

3 years 8 months ago
Hi, I’ve got a 6 month old baby boy. When I was pregnant with him, my nipples were really sore and developed small lumps as soon as a few days after conception and a week and a half before my period was due. I didn’t receive a positive home pregnancy test until a week after my period was due (I was constantly testing as I’m never late). I’ve stopped breastfeeding for a month now and the lumps went away. They have suddenly come back now and I’m not sure if this would have something to do with hormones all retuning… Read more »
3 years 8 months ago
Hi, Ive been experiencing back pain slight cramping in my lower right adominal area my areola is notmally always a pinkish red color like normal and the past few days they look like a light tan color and along with really sore nipples. My period is usually irregular sometimes but lately its been consistant i would start about the 29th or 30th day but im goigg on the 35th day and no sign of period. Ive been really emtional and moody the last 3 days now and have no clue why. Ive taken 2 tests one at night and then… Read more »
Hailey Bode
3 years 8 months ago
I’ve been trying to get pregnant with my boyfriend for a year and a half, I’ve been getting my period every month, my last started on October 22, but I’ve been noticing my stomach is a little bigger, my boobs are sore and my nipples are red and my areoles are darker and my stomach is hard, I have cravings and I’m super moody but I haven’t gotten sick. And this was happening before and after my last period, I took about 3 pregnancy tests and they were all negative. My boyfriend and I have been beating ourselves up because… Read more »
3 years 10 months ago

I had unprotected sex on the same day my period went off and after that I can spotting and bleeding And lower black pain sore breasts its being 2weeks now and my period supposed to come on in 6 days do u thank i am pregnant

3 years 11 months ago
Can I scare myself into being pregnant? I m on the pill and have never missed one. But one night I got way too drunk and ended up having sex with this guy, we didn t use a condom. Then like 2.5 weeks later was when I was on the placebo pills, I got a period but it was much lighter than usual and it was brown. My periods are always light and irregular to begin with and I know that with birth control that brown period sometimes happens, it s just old blood. But I ve been freaking myself… Read more »
4 years 2 months ago
Hi, I’m 16. I am currently married to the man I’ve been with for 2 years now and have known for 7… I’m also 15 weeks and 4 days pregnant… I was on the depot shot for 4 years and the last 3 shots I hadn’t had a period I spotted on the 2nd shot for 1 day and stopped.. But I found out in February that I was pregnant bc I started having morning sickness ppl say thats impossible I’m lying. I’m not and mybaby so far as they can tell is perfectly healthy her heart beat is normal… Read more »
4 years 2 months ago

hi guys, me and my husband have been trying for a baby for around a year. I am currently 8 days late for my period, I have light cramping feelings (like period pains) lower back pain, feel bloated, boobs are swollen and nipples have small white spot like things on them and slightly darker in colour. done two tests but both negative…

any help, advice or similar experiences? many thanks x

4 years 2 months ago

Hi, this is my first time on here and I’m having problems with my nipples. I have white pimples on both of them and they normally hurt but now they don’t. I have taken two pregnancy tests one at the health department and one at my doctor office and they both was negative. So they done a blood test and now I’m waiting on my results. Do this mean I’m in my early preganancy..

4 years 6 months ago

Im also 16 n i think im pregnant my boobs are bigger an heavy i have more bumps around them my areolas seem to stretch

4 years 10 months ago

Hey. So im 16 and im 6 days late on my period. We believe i am pregnant because we made love the day after my period tracker said i was fertile. Its weird becaise.i am gaining the weight you do 2 weeks pregnant. My boobs are getting heavier and bigger. I am.confused on all this. I seriously need some help, :/

4 years 10 months ago
Hi, i had a period from 29th july to 2nd august i ovulated around the 12th august and we made love on the 11th august I was waiting untill the 29th august for a period but no show did numerous tests and all negative. Period has come 6 days late from 5th september but before i had bleeding i saw a pinky discharge, i woke up the following morning and found i was having a light bleed but it got heavier as the day went on day 2 of bleeding and its very light again. Ive also noticed my nipples… Read more »
5 years 20 days ago

I had two boys. My first one was taken from me when he was 10 weeks old. I never finished weaning him and ironically my nipple size never went back down. Is there any way that I can artificially make this happen? I am a 36 C. I think that my normal bra size would be an A or a B. When my fiance met me in college he noticed that I was “flat”. I work out a lot. I go to the gym, bike ride and swim. I drink 2% milk. Please help.

5 years 2 months ago
Hello, so just a few days ago I found out I was pregnant, I’m due December 24th, 2015. Which makes me 8 weeks today. During the first few weeks of my pregnancy (before I knew I was pregnant), my breasts grew an entire size, were extremely full and heavy, and the were so sore I could hardly move around, as well as my nipples being extremely sensitive. It seems that almost immediately after confirming my pregnancy, my breasts went back to almost normal, with minimal to mild pain and nipple sensitivity. I have had no other pregnancy symptoms. No nausea… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago

Hi so last month I had sex unprotected I was worried tht I may be pregnant so I waited till I was to day late and took a test, it can out negative and another two day I got my period and out the thought out of my mind. Well resaintly I have noticed changes in my body like larger tender breasts, larger ariolas, fluid from only my left breast if lightly squeezed, feeling bloated and lower back pain, not sure what is going on! Can I be pregnant even thought I had my period??

6 years 3 months ago

Hi im 19 and 11 weeks ago I had unprotected sexual intercourse and Ive been going thru so many changes since then for the 1st 3 weeks I had bad soreness in my breast and they’ve gotten a more full feeling I’ve been having very bad paines in my lower back like my bone is going to break and I can swear I feel flutters in my lower stomach I’ve also taken a few home pregnancy test and all came negative can some body give any advice

6 years 4 months ago
to Ala: Your experience seems to be exactly like mine! I had sex while I should have been ovulating and I got a negative test so I called the doc and was told that I tested too early based on the dates I had given. I have a sharp, jabbing pain in my rib area under my right breast and my nipples are darker and tender with the goose-bumps all around. But, I will say that the tenderness has eased up a little over the last 2 days or so ( although still tender), so that could be an indication… Read more »
Danielle Stevens
6 years 5 months ago
Hi I’m Danielle and I’m starting to get mad. I’m 18 about to be 19 and Me and my boy friend are trying to have a baby. He has a 4 year old son with another female. He says that since he has had his son he has lost a little bit of intrest with having another, but we still try. He thinks he may have a low sperm count also. We have been having unprotected sex for about 7 months now and nothing is happening. My breast seem the same size but my nipples are getting larger? Im still… Read more »
6 years 5 months ago
Hi im in the same boat i am 6 weeks late on my period my boobs really hurt i had a white milky disscharge when i was 2/3 weeks late i get bad head aches i get nausea almost every day mainly at night feel sick when i smoke constantly hungry cant stop going for a wee and i have had thrush and not ive got cystitus my nipples have gone darker keep wakeing up in the night to go wee having weird dreams got pretty much every symptom if i was you lot i wud book an appoinment with… Read more »
6 years 6 months ago
Hi. My breasts have been very sensitive for over a week now, I have noticed prominent veins on my breasts, my areolas have dramatically increased in size and I have small bumps around my nipples. My menstruation is due in 3 days so it is too early for me to do a pregnancy test. Is it possible that I am pregnant? My boyfriend thinks that I am having a phantom pregnancy because I so badly want to get pregnant. I am not on any birth control and we use the pull out method, but we are not actively trying to… Read more »
6 years 9 months ago

I am 17 and in the month of september i had 2 periods. and the other day i noticed that my areolas are atleast 2 shades darker then usual.. is it possible i was pregnant an miscarried ? help ? :/

7 years 7 months ago

Message for Kirsten: you should have already, but if you haven’t then get a pregnancy test! Sounds like you could be between 6-7 months pregnant and you don’t even know it!

[…] you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker. This may also be caused by a hormone imbalance not related to pregnancy. Areolas […]

7 years 8 months ago
Regular Period 12 days late. Serious restlessness and insomnia just lying awake for hours on end for no reason. Have butterflies and flutters in my stomach! Have severe horrific headaches, neck, shoulder, tonsils and back-ache. Side-stitches. Most aches and pains seem to be on my left side but I’m sleeping on my left side now would that be why? With an odd jab feeling on my right side now and again. Back pain tends to be in the middle or on both sides. Swollen, tender stomach. Ribs look swollen sometimes and feel very tight in my chest with lots of… Read more »
7 years 8 months ago

Hi, i haven’t had a period since april i had 1 day of spotting in june but thats about it also my boobs have gotten huge with white bumbs and my stomach is getting huge also im also feeling something almost like a kick but i’ve never been pregnant so i dnt no wat baby kicks feel like could i be pregnant?? Somebody pleas help me out!!

7 years 8 months ago
I am 19 and for the past two weeks my lower back has been killing me. It makes me cry at times bc it hurts so bad… my husband noticed my nipples getting darker at first but now im noticing it… I get cramps every once in a while… I took two at home pregnancy tests one was a faulty test… it had a very faint line going the wrong way and the other on was negative? Do I need to take more steps to find out what’s going on or could it be just hormones changing?… I don’t tan… Read more »
7 years 8 months ago

Im 18, my last period was in aug. And ive not bleed since thin. Just recently im ben very sickly , almost throwin up. Cramps. Head aches. Increse of CM. And the bumpes on my nipples are white. Oh and i smell everything, and my boobs and nipples are super tender. I jus feel pregnant. But ive had a blood and urine test a couple weeks ago and both negivite. And the doctors said nothing is wrong with me. So could this be early pregnancy? Please someone help me, have anyone else been through this!?

7 years 9 months ago

@ baby_x Im 19 as well and that sounds just like how I was when I first found out I was pregnant. As for the test you should retake it because at home test are known for giving a false negative or you could also go to your doctor or a clinic.

7 years 9 months ago
hi im not sure if im pregnant or not. im 19 years old. i last had my period on august 28th and its now the 15th of october and i still havent seen any bleeding. ive been experiencing this feeling that doesnt really go away that i need to be sick but i never physically get sick, these abdominal cramps especially when i want to relax or sleep. which ive been doing quite alot. ive become very moody and certain smells are making me heave. im bloated and my nipples have changed from a light peach colour to a dark… Read more »
8 years 14 days ago

I had sex two weeks after my period , and then a week later i had my period. I had very tender breasts and i have been moody, and this month i am 2 days late for my period , am i pregnant?

8 years 21 days ago

Hi this is my first time on here and I was just thinking why dose my nipples hurt ? Yesterday I was hunger all day long and don’t know why. What could it be should I take a taste to make sure I am not having a baby.

8 years 2 months ago
For the past 3 ½ months I still have my period but it’s been late by 2days for the pass 3months. Which isn’t that uncommon since I’m been irregular expect for the pass year. I have been coming on every month whereas before I would only get my period maybe 3- 5 times a year. I have been feeling nausea now during intercourse, headache, fatigue, stomach pain on both sides, lower back pains, side pains, hot & cold flashes, bad gas, bloated feeling, sometime running off, sometime constipated, my breast has been getting bigger they stop being sore after 3… Read more »
8 years 5 months ago


Coming off the pill is a major hormonal change for the body. Be patient and you period will return to normal in a few cycles. I get all those symptoms every three weeks for a week before my period. It’s awful being a woman sometimes. :o)

8 years 5 months ago
Hi I have been on the pill for 7 years, if i skip one day or 2 latest i will bleed. I have not skipped at all and i got only 1 day spotting on my 4 day period. I stopped taking my pill there after and still have not bled. I have not had intercourse through this 2 week period. My nipples are sore and tender, i have cramping, tirdness, dizziness, back pain. I am also extremly moody. I have taken two pregnancy tests, one at night and then anouther in the morning but they both came back negative.… Read more »
8 years 8 months ago

i dont really understand myself cause my breasts are swollen and tender my mouth is tasteless,i feel dizzy sometimes but yet i have good appetite, i do not vomitt whenever i eat but am scared i cant weit for my messes to come because i am suspecting myself being pregnant. am i pregnant in this case?

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