Breasts Tender Before Missed Period: Early Pregnancy Sign?

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The timing and type of pregnancy symptoms varies from woman to woman, but there are many common signs. These can include morning sickness, headache, bloating, and of course missed period. However, even before all that, many women experience breast tenderness or pain.

Is Breast Tenderness the First Sign of Pregnancy?

For many women, breast tenderness occurs long before a missed period or any other sign of pregnancy. Breasts may feel a little tender to the touch and even some bras or supportive tank tops can cause discomfort. Because tender breasts is also a sign of getting your period, a lot of times this early sign of pregnancy goes unnoticed.

All kinds of exercise may be painful, and depending on your breast size small movement like walking up stairs may be uncomfortable without a supportive bra. Some pregnant women are unable to sleep on their stomachs. If you have nipple tenderness, ask your partner not to touch them since breasts are especially tender during sex. Breast tenderness is an annoying, and possibly painful, but normal part of pregnancy.

Why Are Breasts Sore During Pregnancy?

Your body is going through a lot of changes during pregnancy, and your breasts are getting ready to feed your baby. Breast growth and development often leads to swelling and soreness. The tenderness may also be caused by an increase in estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy, which causes blood to rush to your breasts. As milk ducts and milk-producing cells develop, tissue will grow and change shape. You also start to get more layers of fat underneath the breast tissue that contributes to the increase in size.

Common Breast Changes During Pregnancy

Every woman’s body reacts differently, but here are some common changes you can expect in your breasts throughout pregnancy:

  • Veins become visible
  • Increase in size by up to two cup sizes
  • Tingling, throbbing, or burning sensation
  • Increased nipple tenderness
  • Itchiness
  • Heaviness
  • More sensation during intercourse

Taking Care of Tender Breasts

Here are a few ways to stay comfortable:

  • Wear natural fiber (cotton) bras
  • Have bras professionally fit
  • Avoid underwire
  • Get a good supportive bra for exercise
  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Consider sleeping in a bra
  • Apply a cool cloth to hot or throbbing breasts


Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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