Written on 16 June 2022
One of the earliest indicators of pregnancy is a change in the appearance of the breasts. You will continue to see changes in the appearance of your breasts as your pregnancy progresses. The levels of the hormones in your body change throughout your pregnancy. These hormones are to blame for many of the changes that may occur during this time in your life. However, they play a part in preparing the breasts for lactation.
During pregnancy, your breasts will grow bigger in size. They might experience some aching at times. The colour of your nipples can shift. All of these things are perfectly normal during pregnancy. And if any of these shifts make you uncomfortable, it's important to be aware that there are things you can do soothe yourself & feel better.
Sometimes, your breasts may begin to swell and feel tender during the first trimester of your pregnancy (weeks 1 through 12). They might feel tingly. Your nipples can protrude more than normal. During the next three months of pregnancy, your breasts will continue to increase in size and weight. You might benefit from wearing a larger bra that offers a higher level of support. You will most likely experience less tenderness and further less tingling as the early stages of pregnancy progress.
When your breasts grow larger, the veins hidden under the skin become more obvious. Nipples and the peripheral area around them, known as the areola, grow to be darker and bigger. On the areola, you might notice some very small bumps. After you give birth to your baby, you won't have to worry about these bumps anymore. Some women experience breast stretch marks during pregnancy. You may see a yellowish discharge, known as colostrum, coming from your nipples as early as the 16th to the 19th week of your pregnancy. Simply put, this indicates that your breasts are preparing themselves for breastfeeding. Colostrum is often referred to as "pre-milk" because of its role in warding off illness in infants during the critical first few days of life.
There is a possibility that your nipples will enlarge and become more sensitive, and you might also observe a darkening of the areola. Your body's blood volume will start to increase during the first trimester of pregnancy to meet the nutritional requirements of the developing foetus. It may cause the veins on your breasts to become more prominent, bluer, and larger. In addition to this, the size of your breasts will continue to increase. They may be sore and swollen, but these symptoms typically go away within the first few weeks of pregnancy as your body adjusts to the changes in hormone levels.
With so many changes to your breasts, you need to look for measures to make yourself feel better and avoid any infection or health complications. Here are a few suggestions that might be useful:
If you feel pain or tenderness in your breasts, wear the kind of bra that offers good support in the back. Padded shoulder straps can be of assistance. Bras made from cotton may prove to be more comfortable for you.
At night, try a sleep bra. Even though they are softer and lighter, these bras will still provide you with some support while you are sleeping.
Do not apply soap to the area that surrounds your nipples. It has the potential to make the skin dry. Just using warm water to clean them should be sufficient.
If you notice itching in areas of your skin where it has stretched, such as on your stomach, breasts, or anywhere else, steer clear of showers and baths that are too hot.
After you get out of the shower or bath, pat off any excess water and then apply moisturiser to your skin before it has a chance to completely dry. If you keep your moisturiser in the refrigerator, you might find that it provides an even more satisfying sensation.
It is best to avoid using drying soaps, skin products containing alcohol, and water with a high chlorination level. These factors may exacerbate the dryness of the skin.
If the itching is severe and nothing seems to relieve it, you should see a doctor.
To prevent leaks from occurring, insert breast pads into your bra. There are washable & reusable breast pads available in the market.
Just remember, there is no correlation between how nipples look like in early pregnancy and the type of milk production you will have. After pregnancy, some women's breasts go back to their previous size and shape, while others' breasts remain the same.
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