Pregnancy is a Pain in the Breast: Coping Tips

Breast tenderness is one of the first signs of pregnancy and is caused by the increase in estrogen and progesterone. As these hormones increase, blood rushes to your breasts, making them extra-sensitive to touch. This can be annoying in the middle of the night when try to move onto your side while sleeping, and can be called sharply to your attention in the shower as a spray of water upon your breasts can make you yell out in discomfort. You would do anything to relieve the ache in your breasts.

Breast discomfort including tenderness, pain and that achy feeling will usually last for the first few weeks of pregnancy, subside and then return in the later stages of pregnancy. Although it is impossible to completely avoid achy, tender breasts while pregnant, there are ways to lessen the symptoms.

If your breasts feel as if they are throbbing and warm, applying a cool washcloth can help. For swollen breasts, a warm bath will provide relief.

The nipples are also a point of discomfort during early pregnancy. They can be sensitive, tender and painful due to your body’s changing hormones. To avoid bed sheets or pajamas rubbing against tender nipples, wear a cotton sleep bra.

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