Are Breast Changes a Sign of Pregnancy?

Are Breast Changes a Sign of Pregnancy?

Changes in the breasts are some of the most common and most obvious signs of pregnancy. During the first trimester itself, you will see certain changes in the breasts that will help you ascertain that you are pregnant. Many women check their breasts to see any changes if they are expecting to get pregnant. Know that the intensity of changes in the breasts can vary from person to person but also know that breast changes are very common and almost every pregnant woman will experience them. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

So what are the most common breast changes during pregnancy? Read on to find out:

Breast Tenderness or Breast Soreness

Breasts will begin to feel tender to touch when you enter your fourth week of pregnancy usually. Breast tenderness is actually one of the first signs of pregnancy. The entire breast as well as the nipple becomes tender and you will feel the tenderness when you touch your breasts. This may be uncomfortable and painful, too. In order to decrease it, you can wear supportive bras. Also, tell your partner beforehand about the changes you are experiencing so that he is gentle with you.

Breast Enlargement

Another classic breast change is breast enlargement. You will start feeling your breasts growing in size from the eighth week right to the end of the pregnancy! With larger breasts you will have to endure stretch marks and itchiness. Breasts grow in size during pregnancy mainly because they are preparing to nurse the baby when she arrives. The size can increase significantly in your last trimester. Invest in a nursing bra or two at this time itself to make things easier.

Changes in the Nipples

Along with your breasts, your nipples will also undergo a few changes. To start off with, the areolar region or the dark region surrounding your nipples will get even darker. The area will also become larger. You may also see tiny bumps or pores on the areolas. They were always there but they will become prominent during pregnancy. These bumps are known as Montgomery’s Tubercules.

Changes in the Veins

Usually you won’t really be able to make out the veins in your breasts but once you are pregnant, the veins will be pronounced and prominent. You will easily be able to locate them. The reason behind this is the increase in the blood circulation in your breasts because of the increase in the levels of pregnancy hormones in your body.

Leaky Breasts

Don’t get worried if you see that your breasts have started leaking. They leak because of colostrum, which is the first milk produced by your body. The milk is golden in color and is highly nutritious. It provides the baby with everything that it needs once she is born. You will experience the leakage in your last trimester as your due date edges closer. If you don’t like the leakage, use a breast pad. That will make you feel comfortable.


You can see that the breasts experience changes not just during the first trimester but also throughout the pregnancy. This is all preparatory. Right from the time you get pregnant, your breasts start to prepare for the birth so that they are ready to produce milk for your child.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.