Sore breasts are one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. There are several reasons that breasts tend to become sore during pregnancy. During early pregnancy, the changing levels of hormones in a woman’s body often can make her breasts sore. In fact, breast tenderness and soreness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. During later pregnancy, your breasts often become sore because they are getting ready to start providing milk to your new baby, and those preparations often make your breasts sore. Fortunately, there are ways that you can soothe your sore breasts during pregnancy.
One of the ways that you can soothe your sore breasts during pregnancy is through the use of creams and lotions. There are a variety of products that are specifically designed to soothe sore breasts during pregnancy. Some of these creams use lanolin, a common ingredient in hand and body lotions. There is some concern (although studies have not proven conclusively that there is any specific evidence of this or danger in this) that lanolin may contain traces of pesticides. For this reason, some of the other breast creams tend to go more toward an organic side of things, and rely more on things like cocoa butter, mango butter, shea butter, and herbs such as calendula.
Another common way to soothe sore breasts during pregnancy is through the use of a compress of some sort. Borrowing the idea from many nursing mothers, some women have used cabbage leaves to soothe their sore breasts during pregnancy. This is really as simple as it sounds. You simply place cold cabbage leaves over your sore breasts, or even inside of your bra. In addition to this sort of remedy, there are also a variety of compresses available that a woman can buy. Some of these rely on herbal ingredients, and can be used warm or cold. Some of these sorts of compresses are more along the lines of an ice pack, and use cold to numb the sore breasts.
If your breast pain is severe, or if it cannot seem to be remedied, you should contact your health care provider to be certain that there is not a problem of some sort.
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