Thanks to thousands of years of menstruation, women are no strangers to breast tenderness. But even though you'll skip your period for nine months straight, don't expect to miss out on sore breasts. It's actually one of the first signs of pregnancy many women notice. Why? An increased supply of blood to the breasts along with the quick growth of milk ducts.
The good news is that for some women, this heightened sensitivity can be a big bonus during sex. But for others, it's just plain uncomfortable. Make sure to explain to your partner how you -- and your breasts -- are feeling.
If your breast tenderness is accompanied by one or more red, tender-to-the-touch, hard lumps, don't panic. As milk ducts grow and fill throughout pregnancy, it's not uncommon for women to suffer from clogged milk ducts. Warm compresses, baths, and massage can often clear the duct in a few days. If you also feel achy, run-down, and feverish, call your doctor: Your clogged duct might have become infected. Also, keep in mind that although breast cancer is rare among women younger than 35, women older than 35 should talk to their doctor about having a breast cancer screening before trying to become pregnant.