There are many changes that occur internally and externally during pregnancy. Increase in bustline is one of the sure things that occur during pregnancy. Read on to learn what other changes are experienced in breasts and about breast care during pregnancy.
Right from the beginning of your pregnancy, you experience changes in your breasts. In fact, tenderness in breasts is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Many pregnant women experience swollen breasts and sometimes sore and sensitive to touch during the period of early pregnancy. This is because hormonal changes during pregnancy increases blood flow and there are changes in the tissues of the breasts as well. It is only after 6 to 8 weeks that the size of the breasts increases.
My breasts feel very tender all the time
Though your breasts will continue to grow throughout your pregnancy, the tenderness will disappear after the 3rd or 4th month. As for sagging, that depends on you, as this is the result of lack of support during pregnancy. So it is essential to wear a good support bra, even at night.
Dealing with Tender Breasts
If you find that your breasts are tender and hyper sensitive, you need not worry because these are a result of hormonal changes that are going on inside your body. Your body is preparing for lactation. The milk ducts grow in size and get filled with milk from early pregnancy. Some find it an additional benefit in their sex life, while some find it discomforting.
What should you expect?
From the middle or ending of the second month (6 to 8 weeks) of your pregnancy you will find that the size of your breasts is increasing. It will continue to grow during pregnancy. It is normal that the size goes one or two cup size up by the end of pregnancy. These changes are seen mostly during your first child. You might find itching on your breasts and if you do not take care from the first day, you might get stretch marks on them.
Along with the increase in the bustline, you will find that your nipple also gets darker and bigger. Remember, your breasts are going through these changes because it is preparing to nurse your baby in natural way.
Leaking Breasts during Pregnancy
The special milk, colostrum, that is going to be the first feed of your child, is beginning to get produced by the end of the third month of pregnancy. It is thick and yellow and by the time you are going to give birth to your child, it becomes colourless and pale. This is given to the child as first few meals because only after that the milk arrives. It is possible that you find some discharge when breasts are stimulated or at the time of sex. You might also find leakage of a yellow substance sometimes. Well, this is quite natural and normal so you need not worry about these things at all. However, some women may not experience such signs at all.
My breasts are growing at an embarrassing rate
This is because your body is producing estrogen and progesterone in increasing amounts, making your breasts tender and swollen. The pigmented area (areola) around the nipple will darken and the sebaceous gland will become more prominent. The blue vein that appears forms a passage for nutrients and fluids to pass from the mother to the baby.
I am worried about losing my figure after childbirth
The mother's breasts usually do increase in size by as much as 2-5 inches during pregnancy and remain enlarged for a few months after delivery until the mother continues to nurse her baby. In addition to breasts, the uterus also expands in size during pregnancy. Soon after delivery, however, it begins to contract to get back to its original size. The stronger the abdominal muscles, the faster the uterus shrinks. Any abdominal muscle toning exercises done during pregnancy and prior to getting pregnant will greatly improve the elasticity of the muscles and help in the uterus contracting back to its pre-pregnancy size. In addition, contrary to popular belief, you are more likely to regain your figure if you breastfeed your baby.
Will my breasts sag with pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Since there are no muscles in the breast, only ligaments, your breasts will sag from the increased weight unless well supported by a good-fitting bra. These ligaments, once stretched, never return to their original size. Therefore, a bra with good all-round support should be worn at all times, preferably even while sleeping at night. The good news (or the bad news if you have had flat-chest) is that your breasts will eventually shrink back almost to the pre-pregnancy size.
Coping with the changes occurring in breasts during pregnancy
There is different reaction about the enlargement of breasts among women. Those who have smaller breasts feel happier while those who already have a big bustline will be less excited about this. Well, no matter what the condition is, buying a good and supportive bra will help you stay comfortable. You should look for the following things in a bra
Wide shoulder straps
Deep band underneath the cups
You should avoid wearing underwire bras.
Although, the above mentioned symptoms are common during pregnancy, you cannot predict what would exactly happen to your breasts during pregnancy. Some find that there is enormous increase in their bustline during early pregnancy and the size continuously gets bigger over the months. Some find that there is initial increase in the size, but no further development. No matter
what, make sure you wear a supportive and perfect size bra throughout your pregnancy period provided that you are comfortable.
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