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Doctor insights on: Breast Shrinking During Pregnancy

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Will my breasts shrink after pregnancy?

Will my breasts shrink after pregnancy?

Gradually.: Maternal breast engorgement will gradually subside as the pregnancy hormones and lactation wind down.

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Do women's breasts shrink back to pre-pregnancy size after having a baby?

Do women's breasts shrink back to pre-pregnancy size after having a baby?

Usually: For most women the breast enlargement associated with pregnancy and lactation is temporary. Within 3 to 6 months after delivery (if not breastfeeding) the breasts are back to their normal prepregnancy state. For breastfeeding moms, the breasts generally return to normal by about 6 months after stopping nursing.

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If you had undiagnosed breast cancer and then got pregnant, would the pregnancy hormones shrink the tumor?

If you had undiagnosed breast cancer and then got pregnant, would the pregnancy hormones shrink the tumor?

NO: The very high hormone levels of pregnancy are a big risk factor for increased growth, and often, women with a breast cancer diagnosis have to deliver their babies early, so that they can have their evaluation for the cancer completed, or surgery done, and begin any additional treatments necessary.

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During the first weeks of pregnancy how will my breast look?

During the first weeks of pregnancy how will my breast look?

Nothing specific: Usually the areola around the nipple darkens and the small white bumps get more prominent. Veins in the skin may become more pronounced. Some women will notice all of those in early pregnancy while others will not.

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Sharp pain under breast during pregnancy?

Sharp pain under breast during pregnancy?

Maybe normal: Some breast discomfort is normal during pregnancy as the breasts enlarged. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help decrease pain. Wear a supportive bra and eliminate caffeine.

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What can I do if my breasts are sore during pregnancy?

What can I do if my breasts are sore during pregnancy?

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 may help decrease breast tenderness in early pregnancy. Most of the tenderness later in pregnancy may be related to increased breast size without upgrading to a bigger, better bra.

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Why does 1 breast hurt more then the other during 5 weeks pregnancy?

Why does 1 breast hurt more then the other during 5 weeks pregnancy?

Normal: You probably have more breast tissue on one side than the other. But since you are pregnant and will see an OB soon, they will feel your breast to make sure that nothing else is going on. Congratulations.

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At what month do a females breast began to make milk during pregnancy?

At what month do a females breast began to make milk during pregnancy?

Lactation Start?: There is no definitive time that pre-lactation begins in a pregnancy; some women experience the onset of a unilateral or bilateral clear discharge as early as 13 weeks; others, as late as 32 weeks or beyond. Tho set of lactation is merely a sign that hormone levels that stimulate lactation have reached "operational" levels, and that you are rest to breast feed when the moment arrives!

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My breast didn't grow at all during pregnancy. Most of my friends went up cup sizes. Is this because I don't have much breast tissue?

Possible: Growth of breast tissue depends on how many cells all responsive to the hormone available. Not to worry you can always augment to breast at a later time if you want to.

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I have inverted nipples they come out only during cold or stimulation. I also hv saggy breasts. Is it normal? M a virgin. Will pregnancy correct this?

I have inverted nipples they come out only during cold or stimulation. I also hv saggy breasts. Is it normal? M a virgin. Will pregnancy correct this?

Normal: Normal to have inverted nipples. Common in women as well as men. Not sure what HV refers to but 'saggy' breasts could be due to size or normal genetics. If it's a cosmetic issue you could address it with a plastics doctor. Pregnancy will make your breasts fuller but generally with age and after pregnancy your breasts may develop stretch marks or lose more fat so might be worse, hard to say.