However, the appearance of colostrum before birth, during the bearing of the child, can greatly frighten future mother. Is this normal? What could it be? After all, it's not time to give birth yet, but the colostrum is already allocated?
Colostrum in pregnant women is normal
We urge you to calm down, the allocation of colostrum during pregnancy is absolutely normal, as well as his absence. Usually it begins to be developed already in the second trimester of pregnancy, even if it does not follow. Breast begins preparation for the upcoming feeding of the newborn. In the beginning colostrum is thick, yellow and sticky, and closer to delivery becomes more liquid and transparent.
At the same time, you can feel some itching or tingling in your chest, even "movement." This is also the norm: the muscles push the colostrum to the nipple.
Once again we want to note that if you do not have colostrum until the birth itself - it's just as normal. Isolation of colostrum before delivery is not necessary, this is one of the options for a normally occurring pregnancy. And if you do not get it, do not think that your breasts are "dairy-free" and that you will not have enough milk - this is not related to one another. Often the colostrum begins to stand out during labor or immediately afterwards. It also does not matter how much colostrum is released during and after pregnancy - its amount is very individual for each woman.
There are also cases when colostrum is released early in pregnancy. In this case, it can be one of its signs along with breast enlargement and swelling of the mammary glands. Most often colostrum during pregnancy can be allocated during massage, sexual stimulation of the breast, as a result of the transferred stress, in conditions of a high temperature of air, because of what the ducts expand.
What should I do if colostrum is secreted?
If the colostrum flows drastically, you should definitely use disposable pads for the chest, which need to be replaced in a timely manner: colostrum is an ideal medium for the reproduction of bacteria. In this regard, do not forget to wash your chest with warm water (but without soap).
In no case can not pressure on the chest or worse - express colostrum. Any stimulation of the breast entails the release of the hormone oxytocin, which causes the contractile activity of the uterus. That is, as you understand, there can be a miscarriage.
When colostrum is a dangerous precursor
However, the appearance of colostrum during pregnancy is not always so safe. Since it is excreted from the chest, and its stimulation is directly related to the state of the uterus (when the baby sucks the breast, the uterus contracts), the allocation of colostrum can signal a threat of termination of pregnancy. If you are on the retention and along with other signs of the threat of miscarriage (drawing pains in the lower abdomen and lower back, bloody discharge from the vagina), your chest swells and colostrum begins to flow - be sure to tell the doctor about it! And if you do not lie in a hospital, then you need to be hospitalized.