Pregnancy is full of surprises, and a fair few affect your breasts. Welcome to the world of puffy nipples, leaks and much bigger bras...
When you’re pregnant, you’ll have hormones flying around all over the place which, amongst other things, has a big impact on your boobs. In fact, they only complete their full development when you’ve experienced pregnancy.
2) Bigger breasts in pregnancy
Your breasts will obviously grow bigger during your pregnancy (think of it as a free temporary boob job). Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll probably find that your cup size will increase by at least one and possibly two sizes.
If you have additional breast tissue, you may also find that this growth may extends up into your armpit.
‘This growing can cause your breasts to become really itchy,’ says Dr Dib Datta, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. ‘This is because the skin is stretching and can mean that you are left with stretch marks.’ Avoid this by using oils and creams
that are designed to fight against stretch marks
and pregnancy scarring.
4) Leaking milk
By the time you’re around 16 weeks pregnant
, your nipples may start to leak.
‘Your breasts might secrete colostrum, a thick and yellowish fluid,’ Dr Datta explains. ‘This is the first type of milk that you’ll produce and is completely normal.’
Simply pop a breast pad inside your bra to avoid an embarrassing wardrobe faux pas when the leaking occurs.
You may spot small amounts of blood leaking from the nipple. While this is common – it’s just happening because of the sudden growth of blood vessels – it’s best to get this checked by your GP.
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