So, I am about 35 weeks pregnant and lately i have had super duper pain in my nipples. Usually when I get cold or they are hard, it hurts really, really bad. Is this normal? This didn't happen with my last pregnancy, and it sort of comes and goes. This isn't some weird symptom of mastitis, right? (I am still nursing my 2.5 year old, but it doesn't seem to be specifically associated with that). Any thoughts would help, since this is definitely different than the tenderness I expected......TIA!!
Is it possible that you have Reynaud's syndrome? I can't remember specifically the symptoms, except sensitivity to cold. I'm sure you could find plenty of information through LLL or Kellymom.
Wow, that sounds exactly like what happens!! (The Raynaud's). I think that I'm lucky that it doesn't happen more often (and that the weather is warming up a bit!). I'm wondering about the vitamin supplements, since this seems to have just started to happen, that seems like a good place to start! Wow, I hope this clears up soon.
Kitteh, reading about the Raynaud's, they say that massaging the nipple helps bring back blood flow and will help relieve the pain, so that's totally what could be happening with you too. I do notice that my nipples get white a bit too, and I also assumed it was just excess colostrum. I haven't actually watched them throughout the process to see a color change, mostly just because if I have them exposed DS will want to nurse, and that's not what I want in that moment!
Thanks for the feedback!!
I'm glad you aren't experiencing pain during nursing. I think that is absolutely horrible. Maybe you will be able to find some tips that work for Reynaud's that will be helpful for you. I think it is a circulation issue, but I don't know a whole lot about it. It has been a *long* time since I really read anything on the syndrome.
Yes, I am very happy that pain is not during nursing!!! I had the usual tenderness, etc, but this is something totally different!!
For anyone else that may read this, here is the link at kellymom, and the part about Raynaud's is at the bottom.
And here is a link to another thread with good suggestions on how to deal with it and minimize the triggers: