Pregnancy's first, second and third trimesters can all result in breast alterations.


Pregnancy's first, second and third trimesters can all result in breast alterations.

Did you know breast changes are one of the early symptoms of pregnancy? Yes, you're right. Additionally, during pregnancy, one's breasts will continue to change.

During pregnancy, there will be visible breast changes brought on by hormonal changes. From the first week, following conception, until the baby is born and even after pregnancy, changes to the breasts can be seen.

Dr. Shalini Vijay, Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Motherhood Hospitals in Lullanagar discussed the changes in breast size each trimester in an interview with HT Lifestyle.

1. During the first trimester, breast changes include:

1) Soreness and discomfort - You will have breast tenderness if you are pregnant. As soon as 1-2 weeks after conception, a pregnant woman's breasts may start to feel heavy, painful, or tingling. After touching, the nipples will be painful or at least sensitive. Due to the body's fluctuating hormonal levels and increased blood supply to the breast tissue, these changes are apparent. After a few weeks, breast tenderness will go away, although it may potentially come back later in pregnancy.

2) Enlargement - Pregnancy frequently causes this condition. The first pregnancy is when you'll mostly notice this. Due to the quick expansion, the breasts will also itch. It's also possible for the breasts to keep becoming bigger even after delivering delivery.

3) Blue veins on the breasts - Some women experience this. The developing foetus needs these veins to transport blood and nutrients throughout the body.

2. During the second trimester, breast changes include:

1) Dark areolas - Are you aware of dark areolas? The pigmented circles that surround the nipples are known as areolas. So, hormonal changes may cause them to grow and darken. As a result, changes in the colour of the areolas are another typical pregnancy symptom.

2) Areola bumps - Pregnant women's areolas develop little, painless bumps. Montgomery's tubercles are these oil-producing glands that lubricate the breasts while also making breastfeeding easier.

3) Nipple discharge - The majority of women will also have this during the second trimester, however, some may experience it in the third. When one's breasts are stimulated, something occurs.

4) Breast lumps - Some pregnant women experience lumpy breasts. However, they are not a cause for alarm. But you should still talk to your doctor about it.

3. The following breast changes occur in the third trimester:

1) The nipples may continue to darken, the breasts may enlarge and become heavier, and the colostrum may leak continuously.

2) Stretch marks may develop as a result of the skin stretching during pregnancy due to rapid tissue growth.

3) After delivery, one’s breasts generate colostrums that bolster the tiny one’s immune system. After the baby is delivered, the breasts often start producing milk instead of colostrums for 5 to 2 weeks.

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