Written by Pradeep
It is not just your tummy that grows during your pregnancy – your breast grows too. Depending on your original size and perception of your breasts, this growth will either make you happy (“finally I can spot them!”) or sad (“not bigger again!!!”). Read everything about bigger breasts during pregnancy.
Whatever be your feelings, the changes and growth are inevitable and you cannot do anything to prevent them. This will help us to understand why it happens, when it will happen and how to make changes to your wardrobe to fit into a new size. Learn everything about Bigger Breasts During Pregnancy.
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Put quite simply, growing breasts are your body’s way of preparing your breasts to lactate and breastfeed your child. If you are pregnant, then your body is a circus of hormones! The hormonal changes result in changes in the breast tissue and increase the blood flow to your breasts. The hormones – progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin specifically – result in the enlargement of the breast tissues. This is what results in bigger breasts. The growth can also result in your skin feeling dry and itchy and in the appearance of stretch marks.
First, there will be that tingling sensation like you are just about to get your periods. Your breasts can feel sore, swollen, and pretty sensitive to the touch. In fact, breast tenderness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy that you will notice once you are pregnant. You might start noticing changes as early as the second month. The pregnancy hormones will start giving your body signals to store fat in your breasts, to enlarge the breast tissues, and to grow the milk ducts from week 7-8.
It will continue growing consistently throughout your first and second trimesters. But by week 36, closer to your delivery, you will notice a sudden and considerable enlargement in your breasts. This is because your breasts have started producing milk in preparation for breastfeeding, which will start in a few weeks. By the end of your pregnancy, your breasts would have grown, on average, by 700 grams (this will change according to your body type and weight). However, after delivery, you can regain your pre-pregnancy body easily.
There is no rule of thumb or “standard” increase when it comes to growing breasts in your pregnancy. Many women experience their cups becoming at least one-two sizes bigger. If accompanied by a considerable weight gain, your band size might increase an inch or two as well.
That said, this is not the norm. If you had a bigger bust, to begin with, then you might not notice many changes at all.
But that does not mean that women with smaller breasts can for sure expect a size change – that might not happen as well. What we are trying to say is that every pregnancy is different and your body type is not like anyone else’s. So your breast growth journey will be unique to only you.
It is just not practical to keep buying a new bra size every twilight during your pregnancy. We need to play smart here because eventually once you wean your child from breastfeeding, your breast tissues will shrink to the pre-pregnancy state. So you do not really need a dozen new bras. We suggest a ‘wait and watch approach. Even though your breasts start growing by week 7, we are guessing you would not need a new bra until well into your second trimester.
If you start noticing spillage and discomfort, that is when you need to find a bigger bra. If this happens only later in your pregnancy, then we suggest you buy nursing bras directly, instead of buying regular bras. Nursing bras are softer and more comfortable and you can use them after your baby is born as well during the breastfeeding phase. For more tips on choosing the right bra, click here. Find more about What are Maternity and Nursing Bras, here.
Breasts are integral to your pregnancy. From the onset of conception to the time you wean your baby from breastfeeding, your breasts will continue to show many changes like:
For more ideas on dressing smart during pregnancy, refer to Maternity Wear – Flaunt That Bump and Dress Smart! Click here.