Pregnancy is a stage where a woman’s undergoes various changes to optimally suit her present and future needs including those of her child. Breast changes can be integral to pregnancy and every pregnant woman should be aware of the changes occurring both during and after pregnancy.
Largely, breast changes during pregnancy can be accounted to hormones; being breast aware is vital for a pregnant woman’s health. Many changes, apparently unusual, can be normal and harmless. However, should you observe anything concerning, get in touch with your doctor to clarify any doubt or uncertainty.
Here are some vital facts about pregnancy breast changes which you may like to know. These can help you be better aware of your body and the underlying changes.
Changes Of Breast During Pregnancy
Changes In Breast Can Be Diversified But Not Universal
The diversified nature of bodily changes makes pregnancy and childbirth an interesting study even today. The excitement of a new arrival in the family, the growing abdomen size, faded heart beat of the fetus, the sudden kicks of the growing baby, your glowing charm and many more things happen only during pregnancy and give you a lifetime of cherished memories which you never want to lose.
The breasts also undergo a number of changes during this stage. Changes may appear as increased breast size, tenderness, heaviness, darkening of areolas and nipples, leakage of colostrum, darkened veins, etc.
Many women can feel the change quite early in pregnancy and get a strong reason to undergo a pregnancy confirmation test thereupon; however, not all women essentially experience the same changes during pregnancy. While some women may experience a manifold increase in cup size, others may hardly notice a remarkable change.
Adjust To Growth And Enlargement Of Breasts To Make Them Feel Better
If your breasts are getting bigger, you would want to switch to a better suited bra which provides enough support and comfort. Women with large breasts may not find a further increase in breast size too exciting and want more comfort through supportive bras.
A good supportive bra with wide shoulder straps and adjustable closure can provide considerable relief and comfort. Ensure that your bra is neither too tight nor too loose. It is a good idea to visit a professional store which can furnish a variety of bras and check your breast size for obtaining the best fit. A good fitting bra should allow your breasts to fill the cup leaving no loose fabric. The front and back strap should be close to your body and at the same level at the front and back side.
The underwire bras may not be a good choice with increasing breast size during this stage. The wiring may also interfere with the milk ducts and cause blockages. If you find a maternity or soft cup bra better suited and comforting, you can try it out.
Increased Sensitivity, Tenderness And Colostrum Can Be Normal
During pregnancy, your breasts are getting prepared for breastfeeding after childbirth. Lactation is a vital part of nursing and breastfeeding should be undertaken unless found harmful for the baby of the mother.
Hormonal changes can make your breasts feel more sensitive and tender than when you were not pregnant. During the second trimester, the breasts begin to produce colostrum, a watery fluid (pre-milk) which serves the first meal for your baby and can be easily digested. Colostrum may also appear during a breast massage or sexual activity, which should not be concerning.
Breast Lumps And Breast Discomfort May Happen During Pregnancy
Sometimes, the growing breasts may cause you discomfort, even pain. You can get some relief by wearing good quality bra. You may also want to sleep without removing the bra if it provides support and comfort to your breasts. Take a comforting position for sleeping. If your beasts are too painful and discomforting, you may consult your doctor for advice like administering paracetomol.
Breast lumps can also occur during this time. Cysts, galactoceles and fibroadenoma are the most common ones. An existing fibroadenoma may also get bigger during pregnancy. Usually, breast lumps are not cancerous. However, it is recommended to consult a doctor if you experience any lumps.
Preparing For Breastfeeding And Child Birth
Breastfeeding is considered a crucial aspect of nursing and child care. The changes which the breasts undergo during pregnancy are meant to prepare them for feeding the baby.
While it is your individual decision whether to breastfeed or not, evidential suggestions point to several health benefits for the mother and her child arising out of the process. Breastfeeding can (to some extent) reduce your risk of suffering from breast cancer; however, this depends on many factors like the duration of breastfeeding and your age.
Breastfeeding can create a special bonding between you and your child, besides fulfilling your child’s tummy. Usually, it is advised to breastfeed a child for the first six months after he/she is born.
Breastfeeding may come spontaneously to some women while others may find it a tedious task and need time to learn the skill. If you wish to breastfeed your child, you can learn some basic and important skills before your child is born.
These include taking the right posture for feeding, latching, burping your child after a feed, etc. If you find it too difficult to breastfeed, you may consult your doctor. A local support group or association of like-minded people can also help you overcome a stumbling block when being apprehensive of breastfeeding.
Choosing Not To Breastfeed
Many women choose not to breastfeed their babies for various reasons. The decision may not be right or wrong but an outcome of some underlying cause. Women who have had breast surgeries, breast cancer, implants or reduction, etc. may find it more appropriate not to breastfeed. Consulting your health care advisor is a good idea before arriving at a decision regarding breastfeeding.
Nonetheless, it is important to continue with self-breast examinations during pregnancy. Usually, a monthly assessment can be undertaken to watch out for unfavorable symptoms throughout pregnancy. Clogged milk ducts are common during pregnancy. These hard lumps can be tender to touch. Usually, warm compress can relieve the condition by clearing the duct in some days. Undergoing a mammogram is recommended when planning a baby after the age of 35 years to deal with breast cancer issue.
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