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While some women have the good fortune of having the symptomslike morning sickness and stomach cramping completely avoid them, breasttenderness is one of the symptoms of pregnancy that rarely any woman doesn’texperience. It is also the very first symptom of pregnancy, although there is acommon misconception that that sign is not getting the period.

How uncomfortable is breast tenderness?

Breast tenderness can be a bit more than just anuncomfortable symptom for some women. Best case scenario is that its intensitywill be moderate; however, in some cases the breasts can be so sore that it isalmost painful. The symptoms go on to spread to the nipples, making them itchyand darker. It goes without saying that all that will make the breasts verysensitive to touch. Also, the tenderness and soreness will often result in thebreasts somewhat swelling up, and the woman will feel like they have becomequite the burden for her. Not to mention that shopping for a bigger size brawill be a requirement.

What are the causes of breast tenderness in early pregnancy?

As to why these changes occur in the first place, the answerlies in more than just one place. First of all, this symptom, like the majorityof other symptoms of pregnancy, occurs partially because of all the hormonalimbalances inside the woman’s body. Once she’s pregnant, the woman’s entirebody starts going through a number of changes and her hormones are all over theplace, so it’s perfectly natural that they will result in different symptomssuch as this one.

Another reason for breast tenderness is the fact that oncethe baby is born, the mother will need to feed it with the milk from herbreasts. In order for her to be able to do this, her breasts start theproduction of milk from the very beginning of pregnancy. The way this is doneis by forming the tissues and cells which will produce the breast milk. On theoutside, the woman will feel that whole process in the form of breasttenderness and swelling.

What can be done to relieve breast tenderness in earlypregnancy?

The most important thing to do while experiencing breasttenderness is to find a comfortable bra, the kind that will not bring furtherdiscomfort to the breast. This particular kind of bra is recommended to wearwhile sleeping as well. One other thing to do is take long, warm, and relaxingbaths.

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