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Breast discharge before conceiving - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   first pregnancy, age 20, now 18 weeks, ultra sound on thursday (2 days ago) now moderate sticky breast discharge that increases with touch, some minor abdomonal cramps following swimming yesterday, should I be worried?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.
Doctor :   reading Q
Doctor :   Ids the ultrasound of breasts ?
User :   no, abdominal check fetal development
Doctor :   SO the Ultrasound was abdominal
User :   yes doc did not check breasts
Doctor :   but u have breast discharge
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I got it
Doctor :   what is the color of breast discharge
Doctor :   The milky discharge during pregnancy is called colostrum and is normal, though not every pregnant woman will experience this.
Doctor :   Essentially the breasts are preparing for breastfeeding
User :   Read in book normal to have discharge toward end but cant find info at this stage, not colored
User :   isn't it too early?
Doctor :   It can happen at ant time
Doctor :   but usually happens in third trimester
Doctor :   But the basic mechanism for discharge in the beginning and last pregnancy is the same
User :   ok, is there anything I should or should not do to affect the discharge?
Doctor :   U do not have to do any thing
Doctor :   Is it pain ful?
User :   ok, just worried about breast leaking so early, don't hurt not red or tender anywhere but was itchy earlier but has subsided sort of now but recurrs when I itch. I showered that helped but worried it's too early in pregnancy for this.
Doctor :   I am assuring it is normal
Doctor :   if it is itchy apply take Cetrizine
Doctor :   or apply moisturizer
User :   ok, thank you probably over reacting but worried.
Doctor :   For comfort you can apply heat pads if painful
Doctor :   Your concern is genuine
Doctor :   but it is normal process of pregancy
User :   Breast dont hurt just leaking
Doctor :   OK
User :   I thought this part came only at toward the end so worried about losing baby, but will try to relax
Doctor :   Wear tight bras with extra cushion
Doctor :   No madam
Doctor :   u will be al right
User :   ok, thank you I appreciate your availability.
User :   so this is probably just hormones?
Doctor :   Puurely
Doctor :   Estrogen_progesteron> prepared breast development , Prlactin > gives milk
Doctor :   Do you have any other Question?
Doctor :   Did I resolve ur Q?
User :   no, thank you will apply your suggestions.
Doctor :   It is wonderful chatting with u
User :   thank you, good night.
Doctor :   I wish you have a healthy baby
User :   me too.
Doctor :   Bye
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