Breast tenderness is something many women begin to experience during puberty due to growing breast tissue and milk producing glands. During menstruation or PMS throughout life, some women still experience breast pain and tenderness to a varying degree. Pregnancy is another time that a lot of women will experience breast tenderness. Below, we will discuss why and a few ways to relieve the discomfort of breast tenderness during pregnancy.

Estrogen and progesterone are the main culprits when dealing with sore breasts and these hormones are secreted throughout pregnancy to help your body and baby grow. Your growing breasts and the colostrum forming inside them also play a major role. Colostrum is your "pre-milk"; rich in nutrients that help your baby establish their immune system, and will begin to leak around 38 weeks for most women. Your nipples may also protrude a bit more than usual during pregnancy, and may be a slightly darker color. If you notice anything starkly abnormal, or are in excruciating pain, you need to consult your physician.

Easing Nipple Discomfort

  • A supportive bra will help to ease breast tenderness during pregnancy. Avoid underwire bras if possible, as they're not suitable for your changing breasts, and can be uncomfortable.
  • Have your bra fitted by a specialist in-store fitter. If this isn't possible, measure under your breasts for size, and around the fullest part of your breast for the cup. Though bear in mind that sizes vary according to style and brand.
  • Try to get fitted more than once during your pregnancy. You may need to change cup sizes as your breasts grow.
  • Always wear a well-fitting, supportive bra while you exercise, to hold the increased weight of your breasts.
  • A maternity cotton sleep bra may help to ease soreness while you sleep.

While breast tenderness during pregnancy can be uncomfortable, do not attempt to pump your breasts to relieve pressure while pregnancy; this can stimulate early labor. Aeroflow Breastpumps is dedicated to providing quality items to you and your family, including nursing bras and breast pumps, as well as many other breastfeeding accessories. Check out our selection on our online store, Aeroflow Mom & Baby.

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