Breast Pain During Pregnancy

Breast Pain During Pregnancy, the majority of women suffer from pain in the breast and the lower stomach. It is a dull yet sharp pain in the mammary gland, common in the early stages of pregnancy. Breast Pain of this kind is also common in women during the menstrual cycle or Periods. There is slight and mild pain in the breast in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy right up till birth, in most cases, the nipple on the breast tissue also hurts. This pain is at its peak in the first trimester. These hormones create tenderness in the breast and create the structure of the breast and nipple.

How long does it usually last?

For most women, it usually lasts no longer than 3 to 4 weeks in the first trimester, and many of the women suffer till birth.

Causes of Breast Pain During Pregnancy

This pain starts from the 3rd to the 4th week and ends on the 12th to the 13th week. This is due to a change in hormones level in the body. Here we will discuss a few of the main reasons for sore breasts during pregnancy:

Breast Pain During Pregnancy
Breast Pain During Pregnancy

Tenderness of Breast

After pregnancy, the breast of the woman starts to tenderize. One of the prominent changes in the body of the woman during pregnancy, the body starts to produce hormones that help the body to affect the breast and nipples. Such that the tissue feels a sharp pain. 


Breastfeeding helps the baby to become healthy and immune to diseases. In the process of pregnancy, the hormones estrogen, and progesterone helps the breast to produce milk and transfer it to the nipple. In this process, many women suffer from pain in the mammary gland. Especially in the second trimester, the mammary glands start producing milk ducts to help to breastfeed, the nipple and area around it seem to be more painful and sensitive. It continues right up until birth.

Increase in Blood Flow

Due to Rapid Change in the mammary gland only in a few weeks, our body increases the flow of blood in the breast. With the increase in speed, the pressure is also increased in veins. This phenomenon is called Vasodilation. And it creates sharp pain and continuous pain. It is better to call a physician at that time because the condition could become worse. In this condition, the flow of blood increases that much to expand the veins. It usually happens in the early first 5-6 weeks of pregnancy

Anxiety and Fatiguing

While facing depression and anxiety, the brain creates solid stress on the shoulders and chest. The weight of the baby and continuous illness tends to create stress in the body. This may also be a symptom of severe health issues. It is good to visit a psychiatrist.

This increase in anxiety conceives a burden on the chest and creates breast pain.

Weight of Baby

The added weight of the baby increasing day after day can also increase the stress on the shoulders and chest. With an increased burden on the chest, the breast also starts to hurt. This is a stretching pain in the stomach and Breast. On the other hand, it also increases the burden on the shoulders and neck. This pain is even worse while sitting.

Expansion of Ribs

Also, another change in the body during pregnancy is caused by the increase in the size of women’s breasts. This may also cause other problems like nausea and problems in respiration. Shortage of breath is also common. This pain begins in early 5-6 weeks and lasts at least 5-6 weeks, because of collapsed lungs and an increase in the size of breasts. It also gives us an asthma-like feeling. If you are an Asthma Patient, it would be better to check for a doctor. Body’s muscle and Ribs form a Rib-cage

Nipple Discharge

It is better to wear breast pads to avoid any leakages of fluids from the mammary gland during pregnancy. It is usually a brown-cheesy color. It also causes some sort of needle-like pain in the breasts. This pain is very negligible and most women don’t even feel it.

How to reduce this Pain?

  1. It is better to visit a doctor or physician near you.
  2. Lying down with the support of pillows.
  3. Short Walk or Small exercise (Doing much exercise is not recommended).
  4. Heat Bags or Period Heat Bottles are recommended.
  5. Try a Cross-legged position.

Try not to lay on your back, it may hurt you and the baby as well.

By Lee Chen

Note: You should always be consulting a medical professional for medication recommendations. This article is in no way medical advice or prescription. Many over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen and home-remedies can help you in breast pain. Furthermore, you can also opt for using a supportive bra that aids you. Normally, these medications are more than sufficient in treating breast pain, however, if the pain continues, you should seek immediate medical attention.