Changes in breasts during pregnancy: How are they changing and how to manage them

Changes in breasts during pregnancy

Your breasts are one of the most important organs when it comes to having a baby. As the food processor, you can expect to see a lot of changes as you progress through your pregnancy –

  1. Breast growth during pregnancy: Starting at around 6 to 8 weeks, you may notice your breasts getting bigger. They'll continue to grow throughout your pregnancy. With a first baby, most women go up by a cup size or more. Your breasts can feel itchy and develop stretch marks as they expand.
  2. Veins or pigmentation: You could possibly see veins on your breasts. And your nipples may be getting larger and darker. Your areolas (the circles around the nipples) are also getting bigger and darker.
  3. Bumpy areola: Oil producing glands called Montgomery’s tubercles manifest as bumps on your areola and are much more noticeable. These are to make sure you’re ready for breastfeeding once the baby arrives.
  4. Leaking breasts during pregnancy: Colostrum, a protein-rich pre-milk is secreted in your breasts from the 3rd month of pregnancy. This will be what your baby drinks when he first arrives.

Tips to manage changes in breasts during pregnancy

You may find that underwire bras are uncomfortable now. To prevent chafing, look for soft material with no seams near the nipple. Cotton bras are better than synthetic –

  1. Maternity bras. For extra support during the day, try a maternity bra. Pregnancy sleep bra.
  2. Sports bra. It's especially important to wear a supportive bra that fits properly while you exercise, because your breasts are heavier.

Buy your bras with a bit of room to grow to go up a size or two. Choose the ones that fit when the clasp is on the tightest setting, so you'll have some room to let them out. This is definitely a good idea if you end up buying a nursing bra before you give birth.