So here I am, at 35w1d, and I think the time may finally have come to take out my nipple piercings.
I have been pushing this day off the whole pregnancy. I got my nipples pierced about five years ago and I am very attached to them. I had never liked the way my nipples looked, but with the piercings I really loved them. I've had so much fun with them over the years (and I'm not even talking about sex!) -- one of the best memories was being at a topless adults-only pool at Mandalay Bay in Vegas with my then-boyfriend (now-partner) and having two older women, at separate times, stop me to ask about them, and say they thought they were so cool and they wished they'd done something like that just for themselves when they were younger. I got them for me, when I was single and lonely and still figuring stuff out, and they're my favorite thing out of my various piercings and tattoos. I love that they are there, and secret, and no one knows they're there. (Uh, except at the topless pool, which was a one-off thing, not our typical vacation!)
No getting around it, they were painful to get done, and I would not choose to have them re-pierced. So once I take them out, that's going to be it. My partner has been very reassuring about it all, and I know he's secretly a little bit excited because he has never really loved them, just tolerated them. The hardest part is that I had pretty small breasts pre-pregnancy (32/34 A/B) and by midway through when I got re-fitted for bras I was a 32DD(!!). The truth is, I kind of want my old little perky breasts back, that didn't have areolas the size of saucers. Having the piercings makes me feel better about them. But I know I need to take them out so that they can heal up a little bit before I start breastfeeding.
Don't get me wrong, I am really excited about breastfeeding. I'd just love to hear some encouragement about taking this step. Maybe this is how I'm working out those "holy crap I'm going to have a BABY in a month and nothing will ever be the same" feelings. Anybody care to offer sage advice, amazing breastfeeding stories, or general love-your-breasts wisdom?