It’s in the nature of most women to note each and every spot that sprouts on their bodies. When you’re pregnant, your eagle eyes might have spotted the small “eruptions” around your nipples. These bumps, called the Montgomery glands, appear during pregnancy. What are they, what are the reasons why they appear, how should you go about dealing with them, and should you remove them if possible?
What are Montgomery glands?
Montgomery glands are the sebaceous glands that are present in every human being. Found in the area of the areolas, these glands produce oily secretions and they have the function of protecting the skin of the areolas. Although they have a function, they aren’t exactly very important or essential to Man’s overall well-being and survival.
The Montgomery glands are not a sign of an illness and how they appear might differ from individual to individual. Don’t be surprised if you notice them becoming bigger or increase in number during pregnancy. It’s not a problem even if you leave them be!
Why do the Montgomery glands increase in number during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, your breasts and your nipples start getting ready to produce milk for breastfeeding purposes after the delivery. The enlargement of the Montgomery glands is a sign that your body is getting all pumped up to get you ready to pump milk for your baby.
The Montgomery glands grow bigger starting from the second trimester of pregnancy. When the alveoli that produce milk become bigger, the amount of fatty tissues found in the breasts also increase.
Your breasts might swell from 2 to 4 times their normal size, and the Montgomery glands also become bigger. As the Montgomery glands produce oily secretions, the nipples and the areolas are lubricated and are protected. The milk that your baby will drink is produced starting from Month 4 of pregnancy. The areolas where the Montgomery glands are located darken and also become bigger.
How should I care for the Montgomery glands?
When the Montgomery glands become bigger, you might start worrying…about how they look (to you or your partner). Aesthetically, they might not look fantastic because they are, after all, sebaceous glands. Also, you might notice yellowish-white “mucus” on your nipples or on your areolas.
Clean your nipples and areolas when you’re in the shower or bathtub, or use a gauze or towel to gently clean those areas.
While wiping or cleaning your nipples and areolas, using the towel you always use will do. If the dirt and grime have hardened and cannot be removed easily, you might want to put some olive oil on your nipples and wait for about 5 minutes for them to soften, then “excavate” them.
Can I get the Montgomery glands removed?
Well…you can. However, there might not be a need to unless they become really big. First, talk to your practitioner to determine if you should really be concerned about them or not. As they are sebaceous glands protecting your skin, you mustn’t have them all removed. If you really must, make sure you don’t remove too many and harm your body intentionally.
The Montgomery glands can be surgically removed with a scalpel and sewn up later. It’s a short day-surgery that will take about 30 minutes and there is no need for hospitalization. There will be no surgery scars as well. The stitches can be removed 1 to 2 hours later, and after that, you can shower as per normal.
The Montgomery glands are a natural part of your breasts, and you might be concerned about being able to breastfeed or not if you remove them. The sebaceous glands that produce breast milk aren’t affected by the removal of the Montgomery glands – surgically removing them will not derail your plans to breastfeed your baby.
Montgomery glands are definitive proof of motherhood
As a pregnant woman, your body is changing every second. You might have been taken aback by the physical changes here and there on your areolas, but don’t worry – you’re not under a health threat. If anything is weighing on your mind, visit your practitioner and clear your suspicions.
When your Montgomery glands swell up and start to come to your attention, take them as small reminders that you’ll soon become a mother. From small bumps on your areolas to the big baby bump you’ll have soon, you’ll see more reminders of your impending parenthood.