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Rapidly Growing Breasts

Rapidly growing breasts is a common concern during pregnancy. Read on to know about the issues associated with the rapidly growing breasts.

My Breasts 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 During Pregnancy

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 pregnant woman.

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 way?

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.

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