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How Pregnancy Changes Your Boobs: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

by | January 29, 2019

It’s no secret that there are lots of ways the body changes when you’re pregnant. Your tummy isn’t the only part of your body that will get bigger, pregnancy changes your boobs too. While for some, bigger breasts are one of the fun symptoms of pregnancy, there can be some not so fun changes too. Not only will they get bigger, but they will also hurt, get all veiny, nipples may change color, and they might leak.

Here is a list of all the ways pregnancy changes your boobs…

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How Pregnancy Changes Your Boobs

From the start of pregnancy, your hormones are causing all kinds of changes in your breasts to get them ready for breastfeeding. Here are some of the changes that the americanpregnancy.org says you may see.

They will get big and heavy.

All that extra fluid and blood flow will expand your milk ducts and mammary glands, and this will make them super heavy. It may be a good idea to buy a good supportive bra, preferably one without a wire to help support your breasts during this time.

They will hurt like the dickens.

One of the downsides to having new big bouncing boobs is that your breasts will become tender. Everything is swollen and achy. Sore breasts can be one of the very first signs of pregnancy.

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They will get veiny.

The veins in your breasts dilate during pregnancy in order to accommodate the increased blood flow. You may find that you have noticeable blue veins all over your breasts.

Darker, larger nipples.

Due to hormones (estrogen) that affect skin pigmentation, you’ll notice your nipples may get darker. The Montgomery glands (small bumps on the areola) will enlarge and produce an oily substance.

They may start to leak.

During the second and third trimesters, your breasts may start to leak a golden gooey like substance. This is called colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk that your breasts will produce. If you find that your breasts are very leaky, you may find it helpful to wear breast pads.

Oh, all the fun ways pregnancy changes your boobs! Did you experience any breast changes during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments below.

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