Any mom knows that pregnancy changes your body in a way that no one can quite explain. This includes the way that your breasts change after having a baby. The fact of the matter is, your breasts are going to experience all kinds of changes that you need to be prepared for. Understanding that this is normal and most women experience similar changes is the first step. There is nothing to be shocked about because you may even notice breast changes in early pregnancy, so by the time you have completed your pregnancy, you should be prepared. Your breasts will grow, change in size, shape and even color after pregnancy. Some women will even experience saggy breasts after pregnancy, but no need to worry, we have remedies for all of this. These changes are all due to your estrogen and progesterone decreasing rapidly after pregnancy.
Nipple changes after pregnancy
Your nipples may be the first to change in size, shape, and color. In most cases, they will darken and become larger. This is due to the hormones that were fluctuating during your pregnancy. Although this may seem strange, this happens to help your baby find an easier latching target. As your areolas start darkening, your nipples may seem to appear bumpier than usual. You’ll begin to notice tiny spots on and around your areola. Most women will experience these changes and wonder if their nipples will ever be the same after pregnancy. This has a lot to do with your genetics, your breast size before getting pregnant, how much weight was gained during pregnancy, age and smoking status. These all play a major role in how soon you will bounce back after pregnancy. Also, depending on if you choose to breastfeed or not, will determine the length of time it takes to recover. For those who don’t breastfeed, they will notice a quicker recovery to their original nipple size, shape, and color due to your body no longer producing hormones.
Solution: Use creams to relax any discomfort, but do not use any creams that may change the pigmentation of your nipples as these are not your true color.
Stretch marks on your breasts after pregnancy
This one is not so uncommon, being that your stomach and breasts increase at a rapid speed during pregnancy. It can be a lot for your skin to handle and if it is being stretched too much, you may experience stretch marks on your breasts after pregnancy. Some women end up with more severe stretch marks on their stomachs rather than their breasts, but for others, this may be in reverse. In most cases, this is a factor of your genetics. Depending on your skin’s durability, some women have elastic skin that is able to handle the stretching of the skin. Those with less elasticity in their skin are more likely to experience more prominent stretch marks on both their breasts and their belly’s. Due to your breasts increasing and decreasing at such a fast pace and if your skin is not full of collagen and elasticity, your body will show a clear appearance of stretched skin.
Solution: If it’s not too late, it’s important to keep your weight under control not losing and not gaining weight at a fast speed. If you’re already experiencing stretch marks, you should be exfoliating your breasts and applying a pure cocoa butter or shea butter onto your skin daily.
Your breasts are a whole new size after pregnancy
You may need to go shopping for larger or potentially smaller bras after pregnancy. Although most women notice an increase in their breast size once they’ve completed pregnancy, it is common that some women may notice a decrease in breast size after pregnancy. They may not necessarily be “small”, but due to the loss of elasticity, there is more extra skin and not exactly extra breast tissue. If this is the case, you may need to opt for a smaller bra than before. Although in most cases, women’s milk supply increases and their breasts become larger and fuller. As your body prepares for breastfeeding, your breasts tend to get larger. This is due to the increased blood flow and milk supply coming into your breasts. Also, you should be aware that although your breasts may appear large after pregnancy, this may fluctuate months down the road. Your breasts will show their true size about 3-6 months after pregnancy and this may vary if you decide to breastfeed.
Solution: Wear a good supportive bra during and after pregnancy to avoid any abnormal shapes and sizes after pregnancy.
Unusual breast pain after pregnancy
Whether it’s from the increase in size in your breasts, hormone fluctuation, breastfeeding or a million underlying reasons, breast pain after pregnancy is very common. Many women’s breasts become engorged after pregnancy causing them pain. If your breasts are overfilled with milk, it can sometimes be too much for them to handle and it causes a discomfort in your breasts. If the reason is due to overfilled milk, you may notice leakage, this is very normal. Fortunately for this, this is extremely temporary and you shouldn’t experience this discomfort for more than a week after pregnancy.
Solution: The quicker you can pump out milk and store it, the faster you will feel relief in your breasts. Other simple options are placing an ice pack on your breasts or performing a light massage.
Tingling breasts after pregnancy
Yet another normal yet unfamiliar feeling your breasts may experience after pregnancy. This is your body’s way of letting you know that it’s around the time you should be feeding your baby. When the milk begins to rush to your breasts, they fill up quickly and due to them being exceptionally full it causes a tingling sensation. In the beginning, as your breasts are experiencing these changes the tingling will feel quite extreme, but over time your breasts will adapt to this feeling and feel less extreme. Also, if you ever had any sort of breast surgery prior to your pregnancy, you may notice breast tingling more than the average woman.
Solution: Be sure to get properly fitted for your bra again after pregnancy, not having the right fitting bra can cause extra pain that can be avoided. Be sure that you have your doctor approve any medication that you are on to which can be causing breast tingling sensations.
If you’re a first-time mom, the changes that your breasts are experiencing after pregnancy may seem shocking being that they are new to you. If you’ve been through several pregnancies, these may or may not be new to you. Either way, they can be uncomfortable and strange changes that you are going through. The good thing is, most of these changes are not permanent and don’t last long enough to advance the issue. There is almost a solution to every issue that you may be experiencing. Some solutions are temporary relief of discomfort and some are more permanent, but either way, you may just need something to buy you some time during this new stage in your life.