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Useful Tips To Get Relief From Sore Breasts During Pregnancy

by | March 2, 2019

Getting relief from sore breasts during pregnancy is possible. Check out these useful tips that can help you deal with tender and sore breasts.

One of the first signs of pregnancy for many women is sore breasts. Your breasts may become tender and enlarged and your nipples super sensitive before you’ve even missed a period. I know from my own experience that I knew that I was pregnant before I even took a test because of how sore my breasts were, also, my nipples were ginormous.

Useful Tips To Get Relief From Sore Breasts During Pregnancy
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Useful Tips To Get Relief From Sore Breasts During Pregnancy

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Why do you have sore breasts during pregnancy?

There are several reasons why women’s breasts become so sore early on in pregnancy.

  • Increases in the hormones estrogen and progesterone can cause tenderness in the breasts.
  • Increased blood flow.
  • Milk ducts are expanding.

Tips to get relief from sore breasts during pregnancy

Buy New Bra

Your lacy underwired lingerie is probably not going to be supportive enough for your growing breasts. It’s probably time to go for a professional fitting.

You’ll want to look for these features when purchasing a bra during pregnancy:

  • Good support
  • Deep band beneath the cups
  • Wide shoulder straps
  • Adjustable closure in the back

Don’t spend too much money on a bunch of new bras right at the beginning though as you’re likely to grow another size or two.

Wear Sports Bras

Sports bras are designed to limit movement. They keep the breasts firm to the chest which helps prevent any jiggling or bouncing. Sports bras are made with comfortable fabrics which will feel a lot better than a lacy underwired bra.

Sleep in BraSleeping

Sleep in your BraSleeping in a bra can help to stop your breasts from flopping about while you toss and turn at night. There are specific ‘sleep’ bras on the market, but honestly, I just lived in sports bras 24/7

Soften the Shower Spray Setting

If your showerhead is adjustable, set it to a gentle spray. It will feel much better on your sore breasts than the raging Niagra falls setting that a lot of us love.

Use Breast Pads

Beast pads are great for shielding your nipples from scratchy, uncomfortable bra fabric. You can buy washable, reusable cotton or disposable paper. I advise to stay away from the plastic lined ones and they can create moisture on the breasts and could lead to thrush.

If your breasts are so sore that you can’t bear it, please check in with your healthcare provider. Got more tips on getting relief from sore breasts during pregnancy? Comment below.

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