Breast tension? Does the bra bother you, does it hurt when you walk or get on your stomach?
Breast pain can be uncomfortable, and if you’re trying to get pregnant, you may think it’s a symptom of having conceived. It’s really like this?
Let’s see it together.
If you have already taken a pregnancy test, because you were menstruating late, and the two lines appeared: congratulations! Breast tension is a typical symptom of pregnancy and will accompany you for quite some time.
The breasts undergo some changes during the nine months which are completely normal.
If you haven’t taken the test yet and are wondering if you are pregnant, this is a symptom of breast pain it is not an exclusive sign of pregnancy.
It can in fact be caused by the normal hormonal fluctuations that occur during a menstrual cycle.
However, there are some distinctive features that can make you think you are pregnant.
How is breast tension in pregnancy?
Just as the breasts are different, so the types of breast tension can be different. The pain can be concentrated in one or both. You may feel sore all over, in a specific spot or outward, in the armpits. The pain can be constant or can come and go.
Many women in the first weeks of pregnancy are frightened precisely because for a few hours they no longer feel the tension, it is normal that it is not constantly present.
During the first few weeks of pregnancy, the pain tends to be very uncomfortable. Your breasts feel heavier and swollen. They can be super sensitive to touch, which makes running, for example, or exercises on the spot difficult. Even the simple touch of it might bother you. Wear a sports bra and, if you sleep on your stomach, try to change position as this position could keep you awake at night.
Many women experience particular sensitivity in the nipples and the bra may become unbearable. This extreme nipple sensitivity typically passes within a few weeks.
As the first trimester progresses, you may notice fullness and heaviness. Some women also experience a tingling sensation in their nipples and areolas during the first trimester.
Sharp breast pain, stabbing like a stab, in a specific area, is not common during pregnancy. If you experience this particular type of pain, it is best to consult your doctor.
Why does breast pain occur in early pregnancy?
Breast pain is often one of the first symptoms of pregnancy along with the non-arrival of menstruation after 16 days from confirmed ovulation. That feeling of tension peaks in the first trimester because the body is flooded with hormones. These typical pregnancy hormones have an important task, preparing the body to grow a new life.
To feed the new creature we are carrying, hormones act quickly to prepare the breasts for breastfeeding. The blood flow increases and the breasts become larger. The increase in the cleavage will be one of the most evident symptoms even for the people who live around it. This growth, although aesthetically appreciable, especially for those who were used to a size between 1 and 2 and find themselves filling a third in a few days, is at the same time particularly painful.
Other breast changes in pregnancy
Pain isn’t the only pregnancy symptom affecting the breasts. During the first trimester, you may also notice darker, superficial veins that carry extra blood into the breast. You may also notice changes in the size or shape of the nipples.
During the second trimester (weeks 13–26), you may notice that the areoles, the pigmented areas around the nipples, have become darker. And they will continue to darken even during the third quarter.
You may also notice small bumps on the areolas, which are also completely normal. It is about the Montgomery tubercles, glands that lubricate the breasts during breastfeeding.
During the second and third trimesters you may also start to lose a yellowish fluid called colostrum. Colostrum is an immunostimulating fluid that your baby will suck in the first few days after giving birth, before milk comes. This super nourishing fluid is sometimes called “liquid gold” because it is really important to your baby.
The secretions from the nipples they can occur at any time, but it is especially common during their stimulation. These are very small quantities, but in any case there are nursing pads designed to absorb any losses during breastfeeding. They also work great during pregnancy.
In the last few weeks of pregnancy, you may notice that your breasts have become even bigger and heavier than before. Nipple discharge may become more frequent. Unfortunately, stretch marks may also appear.
Is breast pain an early pregnancy symptom?
Breast pain it is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy and appears as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. It is not an exclusive sign of pregnancy, it can safely be linked to hormonal changes in the menstrual cycle.
If you are trying to get pregnant and are experiencing unusual breast pain, you can take a test but wait for at least two weeks after ovulation to have a reliable result.
Breast pain in early pregnancy and premenstrual breast pain
The symptoms of early pregnancy are very similar to the symptoms of the premenstrual phase.
Is it possible to tell the difference? No, it is not always possible. In particular it is not possible for those women who normally experience tension in the sense in the premenstrual phase. Once again, we have to thank the hormones.
Since hormone levels drop before your period begins, breast pain is a very common symptom. The best way to tell the difference is to see if your period is coming or to take a pregnancy test. If you notice a day or two of light spotting, but no normal menstruation, it could indicate implantation bleeding and therefore pregnancy.
When should i worry?
Breast pain during pregnancy, or during the menstrual cycle, is very common and there is generally nothing to worry about. If breast pain subsides after the first trimester, this is completely normal. Like morning sickness, some pregnancy symptoms go away once you enter the second trimester.
On the other hand, what should be alarming is to feel a new or growing lump. Benign (harmless) nodules may appear during pregnancy, so try not to rush to conclusions, but go to the doctor right away for a check-up.