Sensitive or painful breasts during pregnancy are very common. Your breasts then feel tense and even touching them lightly can be painful. Although some women also have painful breasts before they become menstrual, it is one of the first symptoms of a new pregnancy for many women. Pain in your breasts occurs very early in the pregnancy. Read here what sensitive or painful breasts during pregnancy caused and what else you can expect from changes to your breast part. Of course we also have a few tips for you to alleviate the pain in your breasts.
Cause sensitive or painful breasts during pregnancy
Sensitive breasts is one of the very early pregnancy symptoms, in addition to the absence of menstruation and morning sickness. The pain and sensitivity is caused by, perhaps you had guessed it, the pregnancy hormones. Especially the increase of estrogen and progesterone are responsible for this pregnancy disorder. Other causes are the increased blood supply to your breasts, the increased fat storage in your breasts and the fact that the mammary glands will become more active.
From when can you suffer from pain in your breasts?
The pain and sensitivity in your breasts can start to play up since the fourth week of your pregnancy. Sensitivity may persist during your first trimester. In most cases you are off in the second trimester.
Relieve painful breasts
Unfortunately, you can not do anything to prevent the painful breasts during pregnancy. It is a very clear sign that your breasts are getting ready to breastfeed later (if you want). Here are a few tips to reduce the sensitivity a bit:
Buy a maternity bra:
In some women, the breasts already hurt when they are pointed out. In others especially when they get moving. A good bra is therefore an absolute must. Leave the spicy sets aside and choose a bra with good support and without annoying seams: a maternity bra. These bras are very sturdy and of flexible material so that they can 'grow'.
Are you going to breastfeed? Then immediately buy a nursing bra. These bras are also super sturdy and very comfortable material. They can also be adjusted so that you can keep wearing them after your breasts have grown. More about this later.
Give your partner 'touch-instructions':
If your partner loves to sit on your breasts, let him know that you currently do not want a polonaise on your breasts. But maybe you feel gentle stroking or a little massage. That your partner can do for you.
Lighting with heat compresses:
Heat compresses or a hot shower or bath can alleviate the pain in your breasts. Great to 'pamper' your façade at the end of the day.
- If you suffer from your breasts while sleeping, a cotton sports bra or a cotton top may help to keep things more in place.
Larger breasts during pregnancy
Not only do you suffer from painful breasts during pregnancy, more will happen. Approximately from the moment you are 6 weeks pregnant your breasts will increase in size. This they continue to do the entire pregnancy. In one case it is very gradual, the other has to do with multiple growth spurts. It may very well be that they have become 2 cup sizes at the end of your pregnancy. Probably to the great joy of your partner.
If you are breastfeeding you will still have a more full cup size. When you stop or if you do not breastfeed, your facade will slowly shrink again. There is a chance that your breasts will no longer assume the same size as before. Some women keep a slightly larger cup size, while other women have a smaller cup size.
What does your nipple look like when you are pregnant?
Your nipple will look different during pregnancy than before your pregnancy. This is partly due to a higher production of pigment. This makes your nipples and the areola (the rings around your nipples) a bit darker or browner in color. They can also be slightly larger. The nipples themselves become a bit longer. This is all aimed at ensuring that your baby can find your nipples sooner and can drink more easily. It may all look very nice, but probably a touch of your nipples hurt even more than your breasts did. Warn your partner in advance!
The glands of Montgomery
Another change to your nipples are the visible small bumps around the nipple and on the areola. These bumps are called the glands of Montgomery. These glands protect your (oh so sensitive) nipples and areolas from dehydration and keep the skin supple. They do this by separating an oily substance.
Other changes to your breasts
In addition to sensitive or painful breasts during pregnancy, you notice other changes to your breasts such as:
By the end of your pregnancy, an increasingly impressive network of veins will become visible. This is because the blood in your body has increased by as much as 50%. The veins in your breasts swell more and come closer to the surface. This will all disappear after your birth and after your breastfeeding.
Itchy breasts and stretch marks
In some women the breasts grow through growth spurts. This causes itching and stretch marks. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable. Sometimes a caring cream can help.
Your breasts start from the third month of your pregnancy with the production of the very first milk. This milk is called colostrum and it looks like a thick liquid with a yellowish color. Colostrum is very nutritious milk full of antibodies that boost the immune system of your newborn baby. In itself you can have leaking nipples every moment of the day, but the chance is greater when you are sexually excited. To prevent wet spots in your clothes you can wear (cotton) sucking pads in your bra.