Tenderness in breasts: What you can do to be comfortable if your breasts are tender.

Are your breasts bigger than they werer yesterday? They’re also likely ultrasensitive and tender. (Look but don’t touch, darling.) Breast tenderness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, usually starting around week 4 to week 7 and lasting through the first trimester, though your breasts will continue to change throughout your pregnancy, culminating with the production of colostrum – the precursor to breast milk and your baby’s first food after delivery – that will begin to leak around week 38.

What causes it?

That dazzling hormonal duo — oestrogen and progesterone — deserves most of the blame for changes and tenderness. Other factors include the (good and necessary) fat that’s building up in your breasts and increased blood flow to the area. Why all the fuss? Your breasts are getting ready to become milking machines in just a few short months.

What you should know?

Your nipples. In addition to achiness and tingling, your nipples may be protruding more than usual. And, although they look super luscious especially to your partner (!), they’re probably incredibly tender.

Your areolas. If you’re like most women, your areola has become darker, possibly spotted, and just plain bigger – this will continue.

The good news: Your breasts may continue to grow, but they’ll probably stop hurting after the first trimester. Even better news: Your breasts will (almost) return to their former glory (or petite beauty) in the months after birth.

How to ease sore breasts?

Make sure your partner is aware of the situation and proceeds with caution during lovemaking — and even hugging (let him know what’s okay to touch, and how)

Invest in a good bra now to prevent stretching and sagging later on (definitely a maternity must-have); avoid underwire if possible

Wear a cotton sports bra to bed if your breasts are uncomfortable while sleeping.

 

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