First Trimester, Pregnancy

Sore Breasts During Pregnancy

Why are my breasts so tender?

Your body is changing so much due to your growing baby which causes you to produce a higher amount of hormones. A similar surge surge occurs during your period.

Your breasts are also likely to be getting bigger. Although this may be an uncomfortable stage of pregnancy but these changes are preparing your breasts for the important role of producing milk to feed your baby with.

During early pregnancy your breasts may grow at a rapid speed. You may not even notice much difference in the size until the end of your pregnancy – everyone is different.

If this is your first pregnancy, the change in your breasts can be quite dramatic. Don’t be surprised if you go up a couple of cup sizes by the time you reach the end of your pregnancy. They could also increase more once your baby is born.

Changes can also occur during sex. You may begin to notice a throbbing or tingling sensation in your breasts – it’s important to let your partner know how you’re feeling to avoid hurting you.

Is it common to have sore breasts?

Sore breasts during pregnancy is completely normal – in fact, sore, tingling or sensitive breasts is one of the first indicators that you could be pregnant. You may have noticed the increase in sensitivity as early as three weeks – before you even took a test!

Once you reach the second trimester you should see your hormone levels settle down, which may alleviate some of the tenderness.

How can I ease the tenderness?

A supportive and comfortable bra is essential during pregnancy. It will help to prevent them from rubbing against clothes and making them more sore.

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