Breast Tenderness

Larger breasts may seem like a perk of pregnancy. But your fuller breasts often come with uncomfortable tenderness, especially in your nipples. Early in your pregnancy, milk ducts in your breasts are growing to prepare for breastfeeding. So, even before your belly grows, you may need to buy larger bras to deal with your tender, full breasts.

Call Doctor If:

  • Breast pain is intolerable or you have signs of an infection (fever, chills, redness, and warmth of the breast). Although mastitis (breast infection) usually occurs in breastfeeding mothers, it can develop in women who are not breastfeeding, especially if you have diabetes or another chronic illness.

Step-by-Step Care:

  • Get a good-fitting, supportive bra. You may need to go up a full cup size or more during pregnancy. Consider a maternity or nursing bra.
  • Bras should have wide shoulder straps and more coverage in the cups. Extra hooks make it more adjustable.
  • If you exercise, consider a sports bra to keep your tender breasts stable during your workout.
  • If your breasts bother you at night, wear a sports bra to bed.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on August 04, 2020



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MedicineNet: "Pregnancy Basics."

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