Pregnancy

What Do Your Breasts Look Like in Early Pregnancy?

Team Peanut6 days ago5 min read

Like our boobs, early pregnancy symptoms come in all shapes and sizes. A missed period? Check. Fatigue that no amount of coffee consumption can touch? Check. Changing Breasts? Um, check.

What Do Your Breasts Look Like in Early Pregnancy?

So what do your breasts look like in early pregnancy? And what do they feel like?

Here’s what you might expect.

What do your breasts feel and look like in early pregnancy?

The truth is, the world of breasts is a diverse one—and there’s no one way for them to look and feel.

That being said, there’s no denying that they go through some big changes during your pregnancy as your body prepares for mamahood.

Over the course of your pregnancy, your breasts may get bigger as they get ready to produce milk for your baby.

In this study, for example, breast volume increased by about 3.2oz from the start to the end of pregnancy.

And with these changes can come some pain and discomfort.

So how soon can you expect construction to kick into gear on this project? As it turns out, very early on.

How soon do you notice breast changes in pregnancy?

You may notice changes to your breasts as early as week one of your pregnancy.

Yep, that means that these changes can be one of the first signs that you’re pregnant. In these early days, your breasts may feel a little tender, tingly, or achy.

So what’s going on here? What are they trying to tell you?

Basically, they’re transforming themselves into milk-producing machines, and they want to get a head start on the job.

To understand this, let’s head back to your younger days.

Your milk duct system has been with you since puberty.

With each of your periods, thanks to the estrogen your body produces, that system grows and matures. Progesterone joins the party to help you develop milk glands called lobules.

These processes are part of your body’s monthly preparation for pregnancy.

Yep, that’s why PMS can be accompanied by that tender breast feeling—and sometimes some additional lumps and bumps.

When you become pregnant, your breast tissue increases as the milk-producing system matures and grows rapidly.

Ducts grow (thanks to estrogen) and many more lobules are formed (thanks to progesterone). Added to this, there will be an increase in blood flow.

By the time you hit month six, your breasts are capable of producing milk. (And yes, leaks happen.)

So what does this all look and feel like for the owner of the boobs? Here’s some of what you might expect early in your pregnancy:

  • With all these changes afoot, your breasts might feel more tender, achy, and tingling.
  • They may also feel swollen as that increase in tissue causes some overcrowding.
  • Blood vessels in your breasts may look more pronounced as blood flow increases to this area.
  • You may have to go bra shopping as your breasts increase in size. But don’t worry if this is not the case. Some breasts don’t grow much at all—and that’s totally fine.

And as for your nipples? That’s a whole other topic in itself ‒ keep reading.

What do your nipples look like in early pregnancy?

You will probably notice that your nipples get bigger and darker. The same goes for your areolas—that’s the darker-colored skin around your nipples.

They also may look a bit more textured than before, with tiny bumps appearing on your areola.

These bumps are called Montgomery Glands, and their primary job is to produce an oily substance that helps to keep the area clean and lubricated.

Another change you might notice? You might just be feeling a little more turned on than before.

Let’s be real. Those nipples are feeling sensitive.

Unless you have been advised otherwise by your doctor, having sex while you are pregnant is safe. And can be amazing.

And if you’re not into it, that’s also fine. Particularly if you’re feeling very uncomfortable and sore, it could be the last thing on your mind. Do what feels right for you.

Finally, while it’s normal to experience breast changes in pregnancy, if you experience any symptoms that seem out of the ordinary, check in with your doctor.

Some things to watch out for? Bloody discharge. This could be a sign that your ducts are clogged.

And if you notice any abnormal lumps in your breast, whether you are pregnant or not, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider.

In rare cases, lumps can be a sign of pregnancy-associated breast cancer. And early diagnosis here is key.

The bottom line

There’s no one way for your breasts to look and feel.

Your body is going through some pretty incredible changes right now.

Full permission to do this your way, at your pace, in your body.

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