Breast Pain During Pregnancy

October 5, 2011 by  
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Breast changes are one of the first signs of pregnancy. Your breasts begin to be stimulated by pregnancy hormones including estrogen and progesterone from the moment of conception and will continue to change until the arrival of your baby and beyond.

What Breast Changes Are Normal

  • Your breasts will feel swollen and sore.
  • Your breasts will feel heavy.
  • Breast growth begins in the first trimester, sometimes even in the first weeks of pregnancy. Most women grow at least one cup size.
  • You may experience tingling in your breasts.
  • Areolas (the skin around your nipples) will darken and become larger and will develop bumps on the surface, which are openings to glands which produce oils to lubricate your nipples and areolas.
  • These bumps are called Montgomery’s tubercles.
  • Your veins along your breasts will become darker.
  • Your nipples become larger.
  • Your may have a thick, yellow discharge from your breasts. This is called colostrum. This discharge can begin as early as 12 weeks.
  • You may experience itching and possibly stretch marks.

Larger breasts will usually mean you will need new bras.

  • Look for a maternity bra, which will give more support and are designed with the pregnant woman in mind.
  • Stay away from under wire bras. As your baby grows these type of bras often dig and become uncomfortable.
  • Larger breasted women and those with a lot of breast sensitivity sometimes feel more comfortable wearing a bra at night. There are special pregnancy sleep bras which are made of cotton and are not too binding.
  • Front closure bras have a tendency to dig into your ribs as your belly grows.
  • Recheck your size. Measure around your chest, just underneath your breasts and then add 5 inches to determine the band size. Then measure around the fullest part of your breasts. Subtract your chest measurement from this number. Every inch difference is a cup size, for instance A is a 1 inch difference, B is a 2 inch difference, etc.
  • Buy your bras with just a little extra room for growth.

Some women develop tender, hard areas in their breasts. These are generally clogged milk ducts and can be helped with moist heat compresses such as a warm washcloth and with breast massage.

Pregnancy pain relief techniques can be helpful in alleviating breast tension and heaviness.

Never treat your nipples roughly. Don’t brush them with a towel or washcloth to try to toughen them up. This can stimulate hormones in your body to stimulate the birth process prematurely. Additionally it will make breastfeeding more uncomfortable.

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