Do Sore Boobs Mean I’m Pregnant? Why This Happens ?
Sore breasts can be — well, pain. But after trying to get pregnant, you may think that the pain in your bra is the sign you’ve been waiting for. Could it be? Am I pregnant ?!
Did you get those two pink or blue lines from a home pregnancy test yet? Unfortunately, this painful feeling may persist for a while. But don’t worry — most of the changes your girls are going through are perfectly normal. We’ll talk about that later.
Are you wondering if you’re pregnant? What’s frustrating is that painful breasts can occur for so many different reasons. Some of them relate to hormones that drain away not only during pregnancy, but also during your normal cycle.
Before you let down your disappointment in another unclear sign, let’s take a closer look – there are some distinctive features that often make painful breasts a little different during pregnancy.
What it feels like during pregnancy ?
Like the breasts themselves, there are many kinds of chest pain. It can happen in one or both breasts. You can feel everything in one place or go out into your armpits. The pain can be constant or it can come and go.
In the first weeks of pregnancy, chest pain is usually dull and painful. Your breasts can feel heavy and swollen. They can be very sensitive to touch, which makes exercise and sex very uncomfortable. (Pro tip: wear a reliable sports bra and communicate with your partner during this time to explore other areas.) If you have a stomach Naper, the pain can keep you awake at night.
For many women, the nipples are particularly sensitive during these first weeks. They can feel so delicate that it hurts to dry off or wear a bra after showering (go with a rest without a bra!). However, the extreme sensitivity of the nipples usually disappears within a few weeks.
As the first trimester progresses, you may notice more fullness and gravity than tenderness. Some women also experience tingling in their nipples and nipple courts during the first trimester.
Sharp chest pain, which can feel like a knife stabbed in a specific part of a chest, is not common during pregnancy. Although it can happen, this type of pain is less common during pregnancy.
Why breast pain occurs in early pregnancy ?
Chest pain is often the first symptom of pregnancy that occurs one to two weeks after conception-technically, weeks three and four of pregnancy. That painful chest sensation spikes in the first trimester because your body is flooded with hormones. These hormones play an important role in preparing your body to breed a small human – a hungry human.
To satisfy that hunger, hormones quickly prepare your breasts for breast-feeding. Blood flow to the area will increase and your breasts will grow. The gap can be quite large, but this growth can also be painful and even cause skin irritation and itching. Ow!
The milk channels in your breasts will also grow to prepare for breast-feeding. And hormones stimulate the growth of lactating glands. In short, your breasts are going through a huge growth spurt.
Other breast changes in pregnancy
Pain is not the only breast-related symptom you can expect during your pregnancy. During your first trimester you may also notice that blue veins pump extra blood into your breasts and change the size or shape of your nipples.
During your second trimester (weeks 13-26), you may notice that your nipple court – the pigmented areas around your nipples – have become dark. And they will also become darker in the second and third trimester.
You can also notice small lumps on the nipple court and ask yourself what is going on, but this too is perfectly normal. These are called Montgomery nodules. They are oil-producing glands that lubricate the breasts while breast-feeding, making the process a little more comfortable for you and your little one!
A yellowish liquid called colostrum may also leak during the second and third trimester. This may be a little disturbing, but don’t worry! That’s the good thing. Colostrum is an immune-enhancing fluid that your baby drinks in the days after giving birth, before your milk enters. This super nutritious liquid is also called ‘liquid gold’ because it’s so good for your baby!
Nipple secretion can occur at any time, but is particularly common with nipple stimulation. The colour of the nipple separation may vary from cream white to yellow, green or brown (you may want to warn your partner about this).
Bloody nipple separation can also occur during pregnancy. Usually it is the result of growing milk channels, but sometimes it can be a sign of a blocked channel.
Although all this sounds terrible – and possibly quite embarrassing if it happens at the wrong time – leakage and discharge actually occur in very small amounts. Worried about a discharge or a leak interrupting your day? Breast compresses (placed in your bra), designed to absorb leaks during breast-feeding, also work perfectly during pregnancy.
In the last few weeks of your pregnancy you will notice that your breasts have grown larger and heavier than before. Nipple separation may occur more frequently. And you can notice red stripes known as-you guess al-striae. You’re about to meet your little one!
Is breast pain an early pregnancy sign ?
Chest pain is indeed one of the first signs of pregnancy. It can occur one to two weeks after conception.
Because chest pain may occur before you even notice a missed period, it can sometimes be a useful indicator of pregnancy, but it is certainly not definitive.
If you have tried to become pregnant and you have unusual chest pain, consider taking a pregnancy test. Remember, it may be too early for a precise test result. Patience is very difficult at the moment, but test it again in a few days to see if you still have symptoms and if Aunt Flo doesn’t show up.
Breast pain in early pregnancy vs. breast pain as PMS symptom
Symptoms of early pregnancy are very similar to the symptoms of your normal menstruation. How do you tell the difference?
Short answer: this is not always possible. This is especially true if you are someone who usually has chest pain during PMS. Here too we owe hormones.
As your hormone levels fall before your menstruation begins, chest pain is a common symptom. The best way to tell the difference is to see if your menstruation is coming or by taking a pregnancy test. If you notice light spots during a day or two, but no normal menstruation, this may indicate implantation bleeding and pregnancy.
Should I be concerned ?
Breast pain during pregnancy – or before or during your period-is very common and is generally not a cause for concern. And if your chest pain goes away after your first trimester, that’s great! This is also perfectly normal and will certainly be a relief. As with morning sickness, some symptoms will disappear as soon as they become more advanced.
It’s about feeling a new or growing lump. During pregnancy, benign (harmless) lumps may occur. So try not to panic, but make sure you get to the doctor as soon as possible.
About 1 in 1,000 pregnant women get breast cancer. This may seriously endanger the health of you and your baby.
Painful breasts are a common early sign of pregnancy, but … .. they could also be a sign that your menstruation is imminent. If you think you are pregnant, it is best to take a home pregnancy test.
If you are pregnant, talk to a gynecologist about your chest pain, and what you can expect as your pregnancy progresses. It usually disappears before the second trimester.
Remember to notify your doctor as soon as possible of any suspicious nodules.