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This is such an exciting time but sometimes you can feel as though your body is changing quickly. Here we explain the stages that you may go through as your breasts change throughout your pregnancy.
IN THE BEGINNING
This is such an exciting time but sometimes you can feel as though your body is changing quickly. Here we explain the stages that you may go through as your breasts change throughout your pregnancy.
3 MONTHS
You may have noticed that your rib cage is expanding slightly, your breasts feel firm and fuller and your veins look closer to the surface and be more obvious. At this time we suggest that you may need to go up a back size and a couple of cup sizes. When you are fitted for a bra the bra should be on the middle to tightest clip around your back, this will give you more room to grow. When it comes to your cup size, you will need to have a little bit of extra fabric for further growth. At this time, we suggest changing from soft cup to nursing bras such as the Sophie Style 5821 pictured right.
6 MONTHS
By 6 months your belly and your breasts will be clearly bigger. Symptoms you may experience at this time can include growing pains as well as your nipples and areola getting bigger and possibly darker. Most women have moved to the loosest clip around the back and have filled out the cup completely. We recommend that you come in for another fitting at this stage of the pregnancy.
9 MONTHS
You are almost there!! You are probably feeling like you could burst! Some women experience slight lactation which completely normal. A few weeks before your due date it is recommended you come back for a fitting. At this time we suggest a bra that you can fit a fist into the cup of. This will accommodate your breasts when your milk comes in just after birth. You may also choose to have a bra to sleep in as it can provide extra support and comfort during the night.
YOU'RE A MUMMY! - NOW WHAT?
Now let's prepare you for some questions you may have about breastfeeding.
"They feel huge, heavy and sometimes painful." This is your milk coming in. Usually after 3-4 days you may experience these symptoms. Do not panic, it will not last forever! Your nipples may feel a little tender and sore however during breast feeding you should never really be in pain. If you are having any problems you need to discuss this with your doctor or midwife.
The right bra will give you the support you need when breast feeding and will help you avoid conditions such as mastitis, back pain and even loss of elasticity in the breast. We also offer a free 48 page catalogue. If you would like to sign up for one please clickon 'Free Catalogue' tab on the left hand side of the profile page.