A Complete Guide of Breast Development and Care During Pregnancy
One of the major factors to consider when it comes to pregnancy and child care is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a vital component in keeping your baby healthy and growing. But it is also important that you take care of your breasts as well. If not, you can lose precious milk that your child will definitely benefit from.
But before you can start to take care of your breasts and getting them ready for feeding, you must need to understand first how it works and what you will be expecting from it. Trust me when I say that your breast will be a totally different body part when it gets ready for milk production. In addition, you will definitely feel the difference as your breasts continue to develop.
All About the Milk
Your breasts will definitely have significant changes as you enter each of your pregnancy stages. All this is due to the fact that milk production is starting to take place. Let’s give a quick rundown on what you will be experiencing at each stage.
- First Trimester
During your first trimester, one of the earliest signs that you can observe when you’re pregnant is breast tenderness and enlargement. Now here are some tips to let you know that your breasts are starting to develop into milk-producing machines.
- Breast Enlargement
You will definitely know the difference when you start to wear your bra and realize that it is a size smaller each week until you will not be able to wear them anymore.
- Breast Tenderness
Breast tenderness during these times is incomparable to the breast tenderness that you feel while you’re on your menstruation. It can go to slightly tender to the point that it is so painful that even the slightest touch can cause great discomfort for you.
- Second Trimester
The second trimester is where you can physically see your breast changing for the first time. There are several types and signs of “changes” that you may (or may not) experience. Here are the most common changes that you can undergo.
- Visible veins and pigmentation appears
- Tiny bumps located at the areola
- Darkening of the areola
- Early milk leakage
- Third Trimester
The final stretch of your pregnancy can be a bit difficult and painful when it comes to your breasts. Since they are ready to provide your baby the nutritious milk that they will need, your breasts are just waiting to do its job. The final signs that you can observe are the following.
- Pain and tenderness of the breasts due to fullness.
- More prominent milk leakage
- More visible veins and pigmentations
- Breasts hardening
Caring is the Answer
Even though breast development during pregnancy can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, you can find several ways to help yourself cope with it. Here are some useful tips that you can try when you feel discomfort and would want some form of relief.
- Invest in good quality bras
Having a set of trusty and comfortable bras will do wonders for you. Here are the three recommended bra types that you need to invest in:
- Sports bra– for your daily use
- Sleeping Bra
- Maternity Bra-can be used before during and most importantly, after your pregnancy
- Bathe in warm water
- Clean your breasts regularly
- Find a comfortable position especially when sleeping.
- Avoid carrying heavy loads
Caring for your breast will you to prepare for the big day when you finally get to feed your little one. Keep on religiously cleaning and caring for your breasts to avoid nipple cracks, wounds or even bleeding.