When your body is making room to grow another human, it makes sense that things might get shifted around and change during the process. You're certainly familiar with the obvious changes ie, growing a belly , but what about some of the lesser talked-about symptoms, like the millions of ways your boobs can look and feel different? According to the Mayo Clinic , in your first trimester, you might have breast tenderness, and in your second trimester, you might notice more changes like general breast enlargement. Not to mention color changes and fluid discharge.
Among the very first—if not the first—signs of pregnancy are sore breasts and nipples. In fact, you may notice your breasts are becoming achy and swollen, and your nipples are hypersensitive before you even miss your period. According to the American Pregnancy Association APA , changes in the breasts can start as early as one to two weeks after conception. In fact, an APA poll found that 17 percent of women surveyed said that changes in their breasts were the first sign they were pregnant.
For many women, breast tenderness and an increase in the size of their breasts are the first signs of pregnancy. Sometimes breasts are so painful that you can't bear them to be touched, and they may also throb and feel hot. Breast tenderness usually subsides by the end of the first trimester. Tenderness is a sign that the breasts are preparing for their role of feeding your baby after the birth: the milk ducts are starting to enlarge and blood flow increases. Wearing a properly fitting bra will help support your breasts and reduce discomfort.
But what are the first signs of pregnancy you should really be on the lookout for? We break down the most common early pregnancy symptoms and what you can do to ease any ensuing discomfort. When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Start?