Being pregnant is a journey full of changes surprises. Not only is your belly growing bigger and bigger each day, other parts of your body are also changing and adapting. One of the most notable changes you’ll see is your breasts (also known as “pregnancy boobs”).
Here are 6 surprising ways your breasts change during pregnancy:
1. Your breasts becomes bigger!
When you’re pregnant, your breasts may start to grow as early as week six. Alana Bibeau, Ph.D, a doula and a member of the Rhode Island Birth Network Board of Trustees, tells Parents that fat builds up in the breasts and the milk glands increase in size throughout the first three months of pregnancy. To reduce discomfort, avoid wearing underwired bra and get a maternity inner wear with good support.
2. Your breasts will likely to feel sore
Often referred to as “breast tenderness”, most expecting mothers experience sore and sensitive breasts. According to Belly Belly, this is most commonly experienced during the first trimester due to increasing levels of both estrogen and progesterone.
3. Darker nipples
Doctors say the rising levels of estrogen and progesterone can also cause your areolae and nipples to grow. It will become darker, too! “Darker nipples are most likely related to a temporary increase in melanin caused by the surge in pregnancy hormones,” Dr. Millheiser, M.D., an ob/gyn and director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford Health Care, tells SELF.
4. You may experience pregnant squirts
In case you didn’t know, pregnant women can produce milk from as early as week 16. Therefore, many expecting mothers may experience pregnant squirts in which they leak small amounts of colostrum – a clear and yellow pre-milk. If you’re worried about milk leakage, try wearing disposable or washable breast pads.
5. Veins on your breasts becomes more visible
Kate Frometa, a certified nurse midwife at UCSF Medical Center, tells SELF that blood volume increases around 50 percent during pregnancy. This causes the veins on your breasts to be more visible than usual.
6. Some bumps and lumps
You’ll also notice you have little bumps and lumps on your breasts. These bumps, which are called Montgomery glands, are actually always there! They just become more visible during pregnancy. According to Belly Belly, they keep the areola and nipple protected and lubricated.
While all these changes are normal during pregnancy, always contact your doctor when something is not right or when you’re uncertain about the changes you’re experiencing. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.