Rapidly growing breasts is a common concern
during pregnancy. Read on to know about the issues associated with the rapidly
are Growing at an Embarrassing Rate?
Hormonal changes which happen during pregnancy
result in increased blood flow and changes in the breast tissue. This makes the
breasts swell, tingly and sore. Breasts can also become extra sensitive to
touch during pregnancy. In fact the sensation is quite similar to how breasts
feel just before the onset of our monthly periods.
During pregnancy your entire body will undergo a number of
changes. Breasts have an important role to play post pregnancy-that of providing
nourishment to the newborn
baby. Hence, this is one of the first body parts in which noticeable
physical signs will emerge in the early stages of pregnancy itself. Women often
start experiencing breast tenderness as early as 4 weeks after conceiving.
Normal Breast Changes to Expect
Starting at around 6 weeks most pregnant women will notice
their breasts becoming bigger in size. This growth in all probabilities will
continue right till the time you deliver
your baby. An increase of a cup size or two is quite common especially in
first time moms. In addition to bigger breasts some of the other changes in
breasts can be skin stretches and stretch marks on the breasts.
Vein under the skin of the breast will become clearly
visible as a pregnancy progresses. The nipples too will become bigger and
darker. The Areolas or the pigment circles around the nipples will also darken
and increase in size after the first few months.
Another significant change will be little bumps which appear
on the areolas. These are basically a kind of oil-producing glands referred to
as Montgomery's tubercles. These glands become prominent and pronounced in
During the third month of pregnancy the breasts will start
producing colostrums or the first milk for nursing a baby. In some women this
milk may start leaking in the last few months of pregnancy or a little earlier.
This discharge will be yellow in color and thick in consistency. Leaking of
breasts is absolutely normal and there is nothing to be concerned about.
Will My Breasts Sag or Stay this
Usually breast tenderness will disappear after the 10th
week of pregnancy. However, your breasts will continue to grow. Whether
your breasts sag or stay firm will largely depend upon the kind of bra and
support you provide during pregnancy. It is advisable for pregnant women to
wear a good support bra, even at night.
While buying bras bear in mind the fact your breast as well as belly is bound
to increase in size as your pregnancy progresses. Hence, the bras which you buy
should ideally be one which fits when the clasp is on the tightest setting
initially. As your size increases you can keep on adjusting the clasp to make
extra room for your breasts to fit in.
Types of Bra for Pregnancy
You may need to provide additional support to your breasts
during day time for which the maternity bra is the most suitable. However, after your third trimester instead of buying
maternity bra go in for nursing bra which you will need in any case post
pregnancy for breastfeeding.
For use during night time pregnant woman can make use of a
pregnancy sleep bra. These are specially made of stretchable soft cotton and
easily available in most maternity stores.
A woman’s breasts undergo a lot of changes as pregnancy
progresses which is completely normal. Since there is nothing much that you can
do about it, you must learn to take the changes in your stride positively and
enjoy the experience rather than worrying about it.