Baby-Related Breast Changes

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Fluctuating hormone levels and breast-feeding are the main causes of breast changes during and after pregnancy.

DURING PREGNANCY: Breast tenderness can start as early as a few weeks into pregnancy. After about eight weeks, your breasts begin to enlarge—many women increase by as much as two cup sizes. You may opt for a more full-coverage bra to keep breasts in place during the day; sleeping in a support camisole can keep you comfortable during the night.

POSTPARTUM: After giving birth (or when breast-feeding is completed) your breast size will likely begin to decrease, and the changes experienced during pregnancy can leave breasts on the saggy side. Breast lift surgery (with or without implants) can restore your breasts to their pre-baby perkiness, though doctors recommend waiting until after you’re through childbearing for long-lasting results

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