Re: Slight Nipple Cracks BEFORE birth
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As long as the cracks are painless, I'm thinking that they may be merely a part of the nipple changes that can accompany pregnancy. During pregnancy your nipples tend to grow and darken in color, and I know that when I was pregnant the first time around I noticed that my nips got a bit more rugose- that is, more wrinkly/ridged/creased- in appearance. Colostruim would sometimes well up and crust over in those creases.
That being said, cracks in the nipple skin could be problematic if they are being caused by something like thrush (a yeast infection that isn't in the "usual" place) or bacteria. I would definitely speak to your midwife or ob about this, and ask them if the cracks look like normal breast changes or not.
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