Post Pregnancy Breasts
Saggy Breasts (Ptosis) After Pregnancy
Before I got pregnant, I had small but nice breasts. They were firm and perky.
Now that I've had the baby and stopped breastfeeding, my breasts just kind of hang there like they have become deflated and they are covered in stretch marks. They're still small, but I feel like they're smaller now because they're deflated for lack of better words.
How can I get full breasts back and get rid of all the stretch marks without high costs of plastic surgery? I would love implants but that's a dream.
Baby Help Line Response:
Coping With The Post Pregnancy Breasts
Improvement over time
The post pregnancy breasts can be a very sensitive thing, especially just after pregnancy or after weaning if you breastfeed. The previously full breasts are suddenly very empty and saggy, often small and maybe full of stretch marks. Still, research indicates that it is pregnancy rather than breastfeeding that causes all the changes in your breasts.
What to do? Love the situation and be grateful for your baby...? Easier said than done!
Well, one important thing to do is to have some patience. Right after weaning from breastfeeding
((or giving birth if formula feeding), the breasts are as saggy as they will ever be (well, within 20 years or so). But just like the extra skin on your belly will slowly disappear, your breasts are also likely to get a bit of their pre-pregnancy appearance back. The extra skin slowly diminishes and in many cases fatty tissues will to some extent start filling out your breasts again.
However, to what extent
your post-pregnancy breasts will go back to their pre-pregnancy look, is related to genetics, skin elasticity and amount of weight gain. Smoking and lots of sun exposure have also been shown to be harmful to skin elasticity.Rread about the connection between saggy breasts and pregnancy and breastfeeding here.
Remember that it can take up to six months after weaning or giving birth
before your breasts have returned to some sort of pre-pregnancy look.
So patience is one thing. The other is to fix what is possible.
Many women get stretch marks on their breasts during pregnancy, since the breasts grow so much bigger. Have you tried using a good stretch mark cream
? A good one that has received a lot of attention for its positive results is TriLASTIN-SR
. It doesn't create miracles, of course, but many women notice real improvements by using it.
may not improve the appearance the actual breasts, but by strengthening the muscles behind the breasts, it can give your bust a slight lift. (And will be great for your back and shoulders too, of course).For more tips on exercising after pregnancy, read this article.
Pamper yourself with nice underwear. That might seem like a really stupid advice, but it is so easy to forget yourself when having a new baby. A really good push up bra can make you feel content at least with your clothes on. If you breastfeed, you can find tips on choosing the right nursing bra here.
Accept it (Sigh!) or Fix it...
Coping with the rapid changes of your post pregnancy body
is hard! And honestly, not everything about your body will go back to "normal".
Our best option is to fix what we can and want try to accept the rest. Walking around feeling miserable over something that just can't be changed is so self destructive!
Give it 6 months, do some exercising and try a stretch mark cream and hopefully, your breasts have improved enough for you to be able to accept them! If not, consider if some kind of breast augmentation is the right choice for you. You can read about various breast augmentation options after pregnancy here.
I hope this helps,
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