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Is it normal for my breast tenderness and swelling to fluctuate during early pregnancy ?

Is it normal for my breast tenderness and swelling to fluctuate during early pregnancy ?

Yes.: The hormonal changes of pregnancy are massive and can cause unpredictable effects on the individual woman. Fluctuating breast tenderness and water retention are certainly anticipated in early pregnancy and beyond. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck! ...Read more

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Breast Tenderness (Definition)

Your breasts may provide the first signs to you that you are pregnant. Women's breasts often get extremely tender and begin increasing in size very early in pregnancy. These changes are preparing you for breastfeeding. The size may increase throughout the first 3 months of pregnancy. It is important to wear a bra that fits and supports your breasts throughout your pregnancy. Your nipples and areolas (the darker skin around the nipples) will darken early in pregnancy. By weeks 12-14, you may start leaking colostrum from your breasts. Colostrum is a fluid made up of water, proteins, minerals, and antibodies that you will feed your baby for the first few days ...Read more


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Differences of breast tenderness before period vs early pregnancy ?

Differences of breast tenderness before period vs early pregnancy ?

None: Before you have actually missed your period there is no qualitative difference in breast tenderness, pregnant or not. ...Read more

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What causes breast tenderness during irregular periods and in the absence of pregnancy?

What causes breast tenderness during irregular periods and in the absence of pregnancy?

Hormone changes: Having irregular periods can mean hormonal imbalance . Hormonal changes cause breast tenderness known as fibrocystic changes (see some of my posts on breast tenderness & fibrocystic changes). You may also be peri menopausal . I recommend you contact your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between breast tenderness during menstruation and breast tenderness during pregnancy?

Is there a difference between breast tenderness during menstruation and breast tenderness during pregnancy?

Very similar: The breast tenderness are very similar in menstruation and early pregnancy. Both are due to hormonal changes. However most women have more tenderness in pregnancy because there is greater hormonal surge. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between hormones controlling early pregnancy and that controlling PMS ( causing headache, breast tenderness)?

Is there a difference between hormones controlling  early pregnancy and that controlling PMS ( causing headache, breast tenderness)?

Hormones: There are two major hormones in the non-pregnant women that are responsible for her symptoms during the cycle - estrogen and progesteron. During pregnancy again estrogen and progesteron are present and playing important roles, but there are other hormones present that are not present in a non-pregnant woman such as HCG - human chorionic gonadotropin. That's why pregnancy has different symptoms. ...Read more

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I've always been 3 days early with my periods. I was 7 weeks late with breast tenderness and adominal pain thought i was pregnant but started today?

? pregnant: If you have an irregular cycle that is uncharacteristic, i recommend you first check a pregnancy test. You can experience bleeding of implantation that can be mistaken for a period. If the pregnancy test is negative, you may wish to investigate other causes of missed cycles--early menopause, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc. ...Read more

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Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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