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5 Ways to Deal with Sore Breasts in Pregnancy


Updated May 20, 2014

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Sore breasts can be a major pain in pregnancy, particularly in early pregnancy. This is caused from the hormonal changes as your breasts begin to prepare for breastfeeding. You may notice that your breasts are sore to the touch, ache in general and begin growing, very early in pregnancy. Here are some tips for dealing with sore breasts in pregnancy:

  1. Wear a sports bra.
    A sports bra can help minimize movement of your breasts, which is one reason you might feel pain.
  2. Sleep in a bra.
    You might find that sleeping in a bra is helpful to minimize movement and help with tenderness. This can be a special sleep bra, or a sports bra, don't sleep in underwires.
  3. Avoid contact.
    Sometimes it's important to be hands off. Be sure to communicate this to your partner in a loving way, rather than snapping and hurting their feelings.
  4. Shower Spray
    This one can go either way. Try getting into a warm shower and letting the stream hit your breasts. Some mothers find it comforting, while others find it painful. If it's painful, avoid it; if it feels good, do it.
  5. Wear breast pads.
    Breast pads can help shield your nipple from the lining of your bra. This can be particularly painful if there is a seam that runs through the inside of the cup of your bra. Look for seamless bras, too.


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