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Darkening Areola

Very Early Pregnancy Symptom

Symptom Details

One of the earliest changes you may notice in your breasts is the darkening of the areola (skin around the nipple), or an increase in size of the areola. These changes can occur as early as a week or two after conception. This is a normal change that is caused by the surging hormones as they begin to prepare your breasts for breastfeeding. Estrogen and progesterone cause the body to produce more pigment and women may see darkened splotches of skin all over the body throughout pregnancy.

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The chart below shows a comparison between the number of times this symptom was experienced by pregnant vs non-pregnant women.

**NOTE: Data for 15-21 dpo tends to be lower than expected as many women stop tracking symptoms after a positive pregnancy test.

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  • 2 weeks ago » babymommy28 said:
    i noticed last night while bathing noticeddark areola then afterwards i noticed normal color
  • Jul. 19, 2015 6:14am » Stylistangel12 said:
    I was convinced I was PG bc I have never had bigger darker areolas except in previous PG. but AF reared her ugly old hag face today ): 15dpo
  • Jul. 18, 2015 8:06pm » Stylistangel12 said:
    Has anyone had a BFP with this?
  • Jul. 18, 2015 8:05pm » Stylistangel12 said:
    14dpo and my areolas are very brown and there's a darker brown ring around the outside. Also has bumps on them. Had cramps today but no AF
  • Jun. 16, 2015 7:26pm » Sarahwally said:
    13dpo one areola darker than other, has visible rim
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