What is Sore and Tender Breasts?
Sore and tender breasts is a common symptom of pregnancy, experienced by many women. It usually occurs during the first trimester and is caused by hormonal changes produced by the body.
How Does Sore and Tender Breasts Occur?
When a woman becomes pregnant, the body goes through many changes in order to prepare the uterus to nurture and support the growing baby. These changes cause the production of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and hCG. These hormones cause the breasts to become swollen and tender, a symptom that is often referred to as “sore and tender breasts”.
What Are The Symptoms of Sore and Tender Breasts?
The most noticeable symptom of sore and tender breasts is, obviously, pain and tenderness in the breasts. Other symptoms can include:
- Increased size of breast – Breasts can become much fuller and even a cup size larger.
- Nipple tenderness – The nipples may become sensitive and tender to the touch.
- Changes in skin texture – The breasts may feel lumpy, have a bumpy texture or even change colour.
- Itchy breasts – Some women may experience itching or rashes on their breasts.
How to Reduce Sore and Tender Breasts?
While sore and tender breasts is a normal symptom of pregnancy and cannot always be avoided, there are a few tips to reduce the discomfort:
- Wear a comfortable, supportive bra – A well-fitting bra can help to reduce the tenderness and support any swelling of the breasts.
- Try lactation massage – This can help to reduce discomfort and improve the quality of breast milk.
- Use cold compresses – Applying a cold compress can reduce inflammation and help to soothe any tenderness.
- Take a warm bath – Soaking in a warm bath can help to relax the muscles and reduce discomfort.
When to Speak to a Doctor?
If the sore and tender breasts is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, chills, redness or discharge, it’s best to speak to a doctor as these symptoms could be signs of an infection. It’s also important to speak to a doctor if the sore and tender breasts last for longer than a few weeks or if there is no relief after trying the above tips.
Overall, sore and tender breasts is a common symptom of pregnancy and can often be relieved with simple home remedies. However, it’s important to note that not all women experience sore and tender breasts, so it’s not always a sign of pregnancy. If you’re uncertain, it’s best to speak to a doctor.
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