Pregnancy Symptoms & Complaints: Breast Pain

Sore or tender breasts may come and go throughout pregnancy as your breasts prepare themselves for the major job of breastfeeding your baby. Find out what causes it and how to feel better.

What causes breast pain in pregnancy?

For many women, sore breasts are one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Some feel this symptom (which may also be a sign of impending menstruation) as a heaviness or tenderness in the entire breast, while others feel a tingling in the area around the nipple. These sensations are caused by the changes in your breasts brought on by increases in the hormones progesterone and estrogen. Breast tenderness may come and go throughout pregnancy as your breasts prepare themselves for the major job of producing milk for your baby.

What relieves breast pain in pregnancy?

Give your breasts the support they need, and they'll probably feel better. You may need to invest in some larger-size bras. Stretchy maternity bras or exercise bras will allow your breasts to breathe. If you find it painful to go braless even at night, wearing a comfortable sleep bra to bed may bring you more peaceful slumbers.

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