Will you experience breast changes during pregnancy?
And it will probably go something like this, "Holy Cow! What happened down there?!"
Your breasts will change a lot during pregnancy and it will seem to happen overnight.
Breast changes during pregnancy will be most noticeable
during the early months. If this is your first pregnancy your breasts
will be extra tender and maybe even alittle bit sore (okay a lot sore!).
You may notice this uncomfortable symptom of pregnancy even before a missed period, in fact, it's how I knew I was pregnant with my second and third - a week before the traditional 'stick' test.
Remember when you were in Middle School, (or High School for you late
bloomers) and you kept your arms protectively across your chest because
even the smallest bump was enough to make your eyes water?
The bad news is your breasts could be that sore during the beginning of your pregnancy.
The good news is that the tenderness should lessen throughout the pregnancy.
The extended bad news is that the soreness and tenderness will most likely come back during engorgement, breastfeeding, and weaning.
For many women out there, pregnancy can bring the never-before
experience of having large breasts (or atleast larger than you were
before). This can be an exciting development for you and the soon-to-be
If this is the case for you, then I extend my congratulations and welcome you to the Big Boob club, (no - this club does not have a secret handshake or a frequent flyer rewards program).
You will quickly outgrow your bras and will be wearing sizes you didn't know existed. I made a page with a Breast Size Chart that you might find informative (well, mostly humorous and a little informative)
That's all fine and dandy, but what about those of us who were 'huge' before pregnancy?
Yep, you guessed it, you will be even 'huger' (which isn't even a word, I know, but makes the point).
And yes you have my sympathy.
I grew from a 36DD to a 38F/G during my pregnancy.
The average breast size can grow 2 cup sizes during pregnancy, but you will most likely return to your pre-pregnancy size after weaning.
*please note: Any and all breast changes during pregnancy should be discussed with your doctor. He/She will be able to determine whether what you're experiencing is normal.
Congratulations! And Good Luck with those breast changes during pregnancy!
I've also research and written a page on plus size nursing bras. and also page on breastfeeding with large breasts that you might enjoy.
Lingerie manufacturer Frederick's of Hollywood reports that in 1996, the average size of bras they sold was 34B.
Currently, the average is a 36C.
And I'd bet my best bra that nowadays the average bra size is closer to a D cup
Similar data about the increase in average breast size comes from England, where busts grew from 36B to 36C in a 3 year period.
According to The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual Behavior, breasts across Asia grew from 34A to 34C between 1980 and 2000.