During pregnancy, Mama must have experienced many changes in body condition. Starting from mood swings, swollen hands and feet, and other body changes due to hormonal activity.
One change that is often a natural pregnant woman is swelling under the armpit close to the breast. Sometimes this swelling makes the pain so that it interferes with daily activities.
However, are these lumps or swellings dangerous for either Mama or Little?
1. What is a bump in the armpit during pregnancy?
In a person’s body, there are lymph nodes that act as defense bulls that respond to conditions that have the potential to harm the body.
This gland will swell as a form of body defense. This swelling occurs as a form of body changes that occur during pregnancy.
Mammary gland tissue is preparing for breastfeeding.
2. Why did it happen?
As already mentioned, swelling occurs due to swelling of the mammary gland tissue that is near the armpit.
This lump is very natural experienced by pregnant women and will disappear gradually when Mama breastfeeding the baby later.
3. Is it dangerous?
In some cases, pregnant women experience swelling or inflammation of the lymph nodes. Usually, the swelling will deflate by itself over time.
However, in some cases, there are also symptoms of cancer. Or indeed the lymph fluid that comes out is swollen due to bacterial, fungal, or viral infections in the arms or breasts.
Consult your doctor first if Mama is worried about the swelling that occurs.
4. How to handle it?
Swelling is usually accompanied by aches and pains in certain parts either in the center of the swelling or in the vicinity. Pregnant women are usually not recommended taking any medication for fear of affecting the condition of the fetus.
But, if the pain from the swelling starts to interfere, Mama can massage the armpits, compress it with warm water, drink lemon juice, or drink turmeric juice.
Lemon and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the impact of swelling.
5. Is there a treatment?
If you decide to use drugs to relieve them, don’t forget to consult your obstetrician first.
Usually, the doctor will give antibiotics, antivirals, or antifungals. This is to eliminate bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi.
In addition, doctors also give ibuprofen to relieve pain and fever. The medicine that was given was specifically for pregnant women so as not to make the little one happy.
So, Ma, if Mama is pregnant and has a lump under the armpit, don’t worry too much. It is natural to happen even though sometimes the pain is quite disturbing in doing activities.
If so, do not forget to consult an obstetrician so that Mama knows how to handle and its causes. Always be health.