Breast care during pregnancy
By this stage in your pregnancy, you will have increased in bra size and have, hopefully, shopped wisely and had a maternity bras correctly fitted for your beautiful pregnancy shape. But if you haven’t – now is definitely the time! A properly fitted bra will not only make you feel better by offering extra support – relieving any chance of back aches and pains – but will also ensure proper care of your breasts which will help them stay looking good for years to come.
If your breasts have enlarged to a point where they are uncomfortable, have your bra size checked and consider wearing a bra to bed at night too.
The larger the breasts, the more important it is to make sure that they are well supported. Too much stretching will result in saggy breasts.
If you are concerned about stretch marks, apply a rich, preferably chemical-free cream or oil such as Bio Oil day and night – especially after bathing when your skin is clean and soft.
Breastfeeding will put more strain on your breasts but there are steps you can take now to help protect yourself. You can prepare for breastfeeding before your baby is born by:
- Getting your breasts and nipples checked by your GP
- Making sure that you are wearing a properly fitted maternity bra - your breasts will continue to enlarge during pregnancy. Also avoid wearing underwire bras as these can press on milk ducts, causing blockages and discomfort.
- Avoid using anything on your breast or nipples that could be drying to the skin.
- Despite what you may have read or been told, you don’t need to ‘toughen up’ your nipples for breastfeeding – they’ll get tough enough on their own! Avoid scrubbing at your breasts with rough towels or brushes – instead, gently pat breasts and nipples dry after showering.