Breast Changes during Pregnancy

Just like your uterus, breasts change a lot as it prepares for the arrival of the little one. You can expect a lot of changes in the breast and these are normal. These changes are also due to the hormonal surges during pregnancy. The effects are individual – some of the effects may be more pronounced in some than in others. Read more about the type of changes and how to handle them during pregnancy.

Types of changes

  • Breast tenderness
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Enlargement
  • Darkening of the skin in and around nipples
  • Leakage of thick, yellowish liquid called colostrum – it is more common in the third trimester but may happen any time after 5 months.
  • Growth of nipples

How to handle these changes

Breast tenderness and hypersensitivity – early in pregnancy the milk ducts in the breasts gets filled with milk as a preparation for breastfeeding. This makes the breasts more sensitive and tender. This can cause some amount of discomfort but will resolve with time.

Enlargement of breasts – As pregnancy progresses, breasts grow and enlarge. Opt for a good, supportive bra made of cotton. Ensure that it has wide shoulder straps and adjustable closure for more comfort. Avoid using bras with underwire.

Breast leakage – By second trimester, breasts may start producing thick, yellow liquid called colostrum. These are the first milk to come in for your child. Leakage of this liquid may happen any time and for some there may be no discharge at all. If it dampens the cloth, opt for a thin pads in bra. If the discharge changes to a bloody one, do inform your doctor. In most of the cases, it is due to the multitude of changes happening within the breasts. These may clear with delivery and is usually nothing to worry about.

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