Breast changes

pregnant woman inspecting her breast

Your breasts will get bigger. They may be sore sometimes. Your nipples will probably get darker. You might see bumps and veins that weren’t there before. It’s all a natural part of being pregnant, and a sign that your body is preparing to breastfeed your baby. If some of these changes bother you, there are things you can do to feel better.

  • Wear a bra that gives you good support. Padded shoulder straps and bras made from cotton are the most comfortable.
  • Try wearing a sleep bra at night.
  • Buy a bigger bra. You might need to go up a cup size more than once.
  • Consider buying some nursing bras. You’ll need them later, anyway!
  • If your breasts are leaking, you can buy breast pads to put inside your bra.

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