When colostrum begins to stand out during pregnancy

After realizing that the woman has become pregnant, there are a lot of questions that are related to this condition and with the upcoming birth. Usually, most of the answers can be found in the literature for pregnant women. However, there is a moment, babies to the light. Is this normal?


For what reason colostrum before delivery begins to stand out? Pregnant women often ask such questions. What do experts say about this?

Properties and composition

Colostrum is a prototype of milk extracted from the female breast, which looks slightly differentiated from milk, as well as there are differences in the composition. The appearance of colostrum during gestation confirms that the organism of the future mother began active preparation for lactation.

Interesting! Scientists have proved that the energy value of colostrum significantly exceeds the mother's milk. This is due to the chemical composition. Colostrum has the following composition - colostrum, vitamins E, A, A, C, mineral nutrients, antibodies, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, milk balls.

Colostrum is used in the first 3-4 days of life of the baby. During this time, it does the preparation of the baby's body for the assimilation of milk, which is heavier. Colostrum also has a laxative effect, which is needed in order to completely clean the intestines of the meconium baby.

Antibodies provide strong immunity to the child and protect it from harmful bacteria. Also colostrum takes part in excretion of bilirubin, that is, the manifestation of postpartum jaundice in a child decreases.

Violation or norm

First of all, we will calm future women in labor encountered with such a phenomenon as the allocation of colostrum - this is completely normal when expecting the baby. Milk usually begins to be produced already in the second trimester, because by this time the woman's breast begins to prepare for childbirth and for the feeding of the crumbs. Colostrum initially has the form of thick yellowish, sometimes sticky mucus, closer to the onset of labor, this fluid becomes almost transparent. A woman can feel a tingle in her chest.

It should be emphasized that if before the onset of labor in the female body there is no excretion from the breast - then this is also completely normal. It does not matter how much colostrum is produced during and after the baby - the amount of milk will depend on the characteristics of the body and only!

In some cases, it occurs that colostrum is produced in the earliest stages of pregnancy. This phenomenon is considered as one of the true symptoms of successful conception in conjunction with swelling of the breast, its increase.

You can notice excretions during sexual stimulation, or during a massage of the chest, and sometimes after a strong stressful situation, much less often - at high temperatures in the room or body.

What to do if there is colostrum during pregnancy

What to do if there is colostrum during pregnancy

If a woman does not have significant discharge from her breast, then she should not worry or worry about anything. When the colostrum begins to leak strongly, it is recommended that the pregnant woman use disposable liners in the bra.

Such gaskets need to be replaced in a timely fashion, because colostrum is the most suitable medium for the multiplication of different bacteria. It is also worth it from time to time (twice a day) to wash your breast with plain warm water. After washing, you need to wipe the breast with a soft towel. To the skin of the breast does not dry out during washing, it should be lubricated with a moisturizer.

When choosing a bra, you should pay attention to ensure that it is comfortable and comfortable, does not squeeze the chest, its frame was strong, and the fabric - only natural.

It is important to know! With the allocation of colostrum, you can not press on with any force on your chest, it's all the more forbidden to express it! With any stimulation, there is a strong release of the hormone oxytocin, which provokes the contractile function of the uterus. And this is negatively reflected on the condition of the baby and can cause premature birth or miscarriage.

In what cases is colostrum a dangerous precursor?

Since such secretions arise from the mammary glands, and when they are actively stimulated by exposure to the uterus, the onset of colostrum may in some cases be a notification of the onset of a threat of termination of pregnancy.

In case you are lying on the preservation, and together with other symptoms of the threat of spontaneous abortion (bloody discharge, soreness in the lower abdomen), you begin to swell heavily on the breast and from not showing colostrum, then you need to immediately notify such symptoms of the treating doctor.

Note! When there is pain during the discharge in the chest, this can indicate that the inflammatory process has developed in the mammary glands. To avoid contamination of milk while feeding the baby and the development of purulent mastitis, you need to contact the district gynecologist for help and undergo a therapeutic course with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Also cause for concern should not be a very pleasant smell of colostrum. It gets a smell due to the multiplication of bacteria. This process is sometimes accompanied by an increased body temperature, pain, or it may even be asymptomatic. In order to cure this condition, it is necessary to be treated with antibiotics, which sparingly affect the baby's body. If you refuse to take drugs, then there is a risk that the baby will be infected. If after infection remains only a couple of days before childbirth, then the baby can be infected through milk.

If the colostrum is secreted with blood and this provokes soreness of the mammary glands, and the pregnant woman does not feel well, you need to contact the doctor as soon as possible. This condition can be triggered by the development of inflammation, the risk of premature delivery or the presence of a malignancy (both malignant and benign). The doctor in this case sends the patient to magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and prescribes laboratory studies of colostrum and blood.