So, you found yourself pregnant? Congratulations! Now, let’s start the journey of growing a human. Growing a human is no easy task. You will deal will many mental and physical trials through the entire journey of pregnancy including hip widening, morning sickness, heightened smell and…burning breasts.
When you think about becoming pregnant you think about all of those baby kicks, but painful breasts always goes overlooked when you are trying to conceive. Why do your breasts hurt so badly in early pregnancy and what can you do to ease the pain?
Uncomfortable Breast Changes
As a new pregnant mom you might have not prepared yourself entirely for all of the changes that your body is going to go through.
Breast changes are inevitable, but you might have not fully comprehended the pain associated with growing breasts. Burning breasts may also manifest itself in different sensations such as itching, stinging and sharp pains.
What Causes Painful Breast?
When you become pregnant the pregnancy hormone (HCG) will quickly increase. As the hormones increase you will have more blood sent to your breasts. Increases in blood supply will cause your areolas to become darker. The darkening of your areolas causes soreness, stinging, and burning. You may also find your nipples to be erect and chaffing on your bra.
Every woman is equipped to feed a new baby due to her milk ducts. When you become pregnant your body instantly begins preparing for the baby and your breasts begin to become larger by your growing milk ducts. Your ducts will fill with Colostrum toward the end of your pregnancy.
Should I Be Alarmed About Burning Sensation in Breasts During Early Pregnancy?
Burning sensation in the breasts is completely normal. As the breast become larger they will be a little bit painful.
Breast pain in early pregnancy is actually a very good sign and it shows that your body is getting ready to start taking care of your new baby in a few months. It is normal for all the changes that your breasts will make.
Will the Pain Ever Go Away?
The good news about breast pain is that it happens mostly in early pregnancy and will likely ease as your pregnancy progresses. They may be a little tender, but it is very uncommon to deal with the severe pain for 9 months.
Sadly, the pain comes back with a vengeance when you begin breastfeeding and your milk begins to come in a few days after giving birth.
Burning Breasts and Exercise
Starting a new workout plan when you get pregnant is never a safe thing. If you were exercising before becoming pregnant it is safe to continue with your workouts.
However, you may not be interested in running and bouncing around with your new large boobs. Purchasing a new sports bra may help to secure your large breasts and to reduce tenderness.
7 Tips to Relieve Burning Sensation in Breasts during Early Pregnancy
You may be wondering how to handle those painful breasts of yours. I wish I could say that there was a quick solution, but I cannot. Don’t worry though mama, there are ways to help ease the pain.
1. Tylenol: If the pain gets too bad then you can try to take some Tylenol. Do not take IBUPROFEN or ASPIRIN during pregnancy.
2. Cold/Warm compresses: You can try getting a rice pack where you can either put it in the freezer, or the microwave. Heat and ice can bring you relief.
3. Loose Fitting Clothes: Let those ladies free! Maybe you are feeling more pain when you have tighter clothes. Try wearing loose clothing to make sure that you are causing unnecessary discomfort.
4. A Bra that Fits: You may have to purchase a new bra now that your breasts have grown. You may need to go and get fitted for a new bra to fit those new large breasts of yours. Increased support can help with the soreness.
5. No Touching: I get it, your significant other is loving the fact that your breasts are bigger. However, he is just going to have realize that he can no longer touch your breasts!
6. Nipple Cream: I know you are not breastfeeding yet, but you could also consider using nipple cream to help calm the pain.
7. Talk to you Doctor: If the pain is just too much then you should talk to your OBGYN. If it is too unbearable then they may prescribe you some pain medication. Of course, this would be the last result and only if you cannot even function with the pain.
The Baby is here! No More Pain, Right?
Before your milk comes in, your body will create colostrum. You might even notice the Colostrum before you give birth. Your milk will come in only a few days after birth, and your boobs will become engorged. Take care of your milking breasts to make sure that you don’t get lumps that turn into mastitis.
Sorry About the Pain in Your Boobs
I have been there! I have three children and while I was pregnant with each of them I felt the burning, tingling and stinging in my breasts through pregnancy and breastfeeding. What helped me the most is Tylenol as well as microwavable rice packs.
What has worked for you? Please comment on your best piece of advice to fight burning breasts! Don’t forget to share with your friends!