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What are the bumps that develop on my areola during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
In addition to other changes in your breasts, you'll develop Montgomery's tubercules—small, harmless bumps on your areola. These bumps actually secrete a lubricant that discourages bacteria growth—a reason not to wash your nipples with soap. Later on, this lubricant will also help prevent your nipples from cracking during breastfeeding.
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