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Pregnancy breasts

During early pregnancy breasts transformation starts under the influence of growing female hormones (mainly estrogen) – pregnancy breasts develop and enlarge. Some pregnant women also experience tingling sensations in breasts. Many women experience breast changes very early (just after conception) and it looks like symptom of premenstrual syndrome. Pregnancy breasts changes are normal because breasts are evolving and preparing for baby arrival.

During pregnancy special breast care is needed. Bigger and more sensitive pregnancy breasts need special natural, adapted, comfortable and supportive bra.

Pregnancy is very special period of your life when female body goes through several changes – your ribcage will widen, your tummy will stretch and your internal organs will shift around to make special place for growing pregnancy. Pregnancy breasts will also go through several changes – preparing for breastfeeding.

Pregnancy breasts peculiarities

Enlarged breasts

During pregnancy breast enlargement starts very early and continues growing up to end of pregnancy. For most women it is good news because even after pregnancy the breast size usually increases. At the same time, bigger breasts need special attention and care during pregnancy. Bigger breasts need bugger and comfortable bra (preferably cotton high quality bra). Pregnancy breasts should be properly supported and bra should be adapted during whole pregnancy. Growing breasts can become itchy because of skin stretches. It is recommended to keep pregnancy breasts moisturized – it will reduce itching and discomfort.
Enlarged pregnancy breasts usually stretch breast skin and develop pregnancy skin stretches. It shouldn’t be any subject of concern because after pregnancy skin stretch marks will disappear or will dramatically reduce.

Pregnancy breasts

Breast soreness

Rapid increase of female hormones is responsible for sore breasts – typical sign of pregnancy during first trimester. Some experts call it “pregnancy breast tenderness”. Often pregnancy sore breasts are very sensitive.
During second trimester of pregnancy breast soreness reduces and breast discomfort eases or disappears.

Breast veins

During pregnancy breast veins become more noticeable because of increased blood flow. In general, during pregnancy increased blood flow is needed for female body transformations and baby development/grows. According to scientists, during pregnancy about 50% more blood is needed for normal pregnancy development. Increased blood circulation makes veins more prominent and visible on pregnancy breasts. Usually veins become less noticeable after birth and after breastfeeding.


Specific nipple changes also can be considered as early pregnancy symptom. During pregnancy nipples and areolas become darker (pigmented) by 12 weeks of pregnancy. Nipple color changes are very individual to each woman. Usually women with darker hair and darker complexion tend to notice more color change than fairer skinned women.
Montgomery tubercles become more visible on areola. Montgomery glands (sebaceous glands) functions become more important during pregnancy – they are producing oily secrete which is able to fight and prevent bacteria.

Breast secretion

Breast milk ducts are also growing during pregnancy – it is body preparation for breastfeeding. Usually breast leakage starts from 16 weeks of pregnancy – from this stage pregnant women could notice occasional leak of specific liquid called “colostrum” (thin, yellowish fluid). Colostrum is the first milk your baby will get – it contains more protein but less fat and sugar than mature breast milk, making it easier for baby to digest in the first few days after birth. Colostrum contains also very important antibodies which protect baby from several infections and bacteria. Several days after delivery breast milk will be produced – breast secretion becomes whiter and increase in amount (becoming high quality breasfeeding milk).

Breast lump

Sometimes pregnant women could discover breast lump. It could be breast cysts, breast fibroadenoma or galactoceles (cysts filled with milk). In most cases it is temporary benign conglomerates which will disappear after delivery.

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