Breast Tenderness During Pregnancy

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Breast tenderness during pregnancy happens to many mamas.  Are your breasts getting larger? (yeah!) Are they more tender and sensitive? (boo!) Most  pregnant women will experience breasts tenderness during pregnancy and nursing. Exciting? Well, yeah. Comfortable? Not so much! It’s normal to have an increase in breast size due to your milk  glands and the fat tissue enlarging, causing breast firmness and tenderness typically during pregnancy’s first and last few months.

So you knew your breast size might increase, but did your friends leave out some other not so glamorous details. You may notice they look different. It’s not uncommon for the nipples to protrude and feel tender and for areolas to become darker and bigger. Don’t worry. Most pain gets better after the first trimester.

How Can You Avoid or Treat Breast Tenderness During Pregnancy?

Ensure that you have a bra that fits well and provides support. You can also try to alleviate the symptoms by:

• Wearing a bra during the night.
• Use nursing pads to absorb leaking fluid. Make sure to change these pads as needed so your skin doesn’t get irritated.
• Don’t use soap or other products that can cause dryness, as this will cause irritation.

 

Consult your healthcare provider prior to taking any medication while pregnant or nursing.
• Follow the directions on the package.

What NOT to take while Pregnant and Nursing:

• Ibuprofen
• Naproxen sodium
• Aspirin

*No medication is considered 100% safe during pregnancy or nursing.