How to Deal With Sore Breasts in Pregnancy

Preventing Pain in the First Trimester

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Sore breasts can be a major pain in pregnancy, particularly in early pregnancy. This is caused by hormonal changes as your breasts begin to prepare for breastfeeding. You may notice that your breasts are sore to the touch or that they ache in general. You may notice this right away or you may not notice it until your breasts begin growing. Here are some tips for dealing with sore breasts in pregnancy.

Wear a Sports Bra

A sports bra can help minimize movement of your breasts, which is one reason you might feel pain. This works by holding your breasts very close to your chest wall and preventing extra jiggling with your movement throughout the day. That said, some women note that the first few minutes they feel an ache because their breasts hurt to be touched. You may need a larger bra size as your breasts enlarge throughout pregnancy.

Sleep in a Bra

You might find that sleeping in a bra is helpful to minimize movement and help with tenderness. This can be a special sleep bra or a sports bra, but an underwire bra may not be as comfortable. Do not take your bra off at night if you feel better wearing it.

Avoid Contact

Sometimes it's important to be hands-off. Be sure to communicate this to your partner in a loving way, rather than snapping and creating hurt feelings. The other issue is that sometimes you accidentally hit your own breasts or your seatbelt will rub against them. This is not a reason to not wear your seatbelt. Simply readjust until your breasts feel better.

Avoid the Shower Spray

Some women experience pain even when it's just the water from the shower hitting their breasts. Some mothers-to-be find a warm shower comforting, while others find it painful. You may want to adjust the flow or direct it so it doesn't directly hit your breasts.

Wear Breast Pads

The lining of your bra can be painful if there is a seam that runs inside the cup. Breast pads can help shield your nipple from the lining of your bra. Look for seamless bras as well. To save money, you can use cotton, reusable breast pads, as opposed to the disposable pads.

Change Your Sex Play

Sore breasts can interfere with your typical sex life if breast play had been a large portion of your lovemaking. Do not despair, there is usually a lessening of the sensitivity as the pregnancy progresses. You can always choose positions for sex that minimize contact with your breasts. This can help a bit.

Sore Breasts Aren't Inevitable

You might also find that you do not experience sore breasts. This is not a reason for concern. Everyone has very different pregnancy symptoms and your symptoms may be different from pregnancy to pregnancy. Your pain may also lessen earlier or later in the course of your pregnancy. It is all natural. But if you have any concerns, discuss them with your doctor.

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