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The Truth About The Post-Pregnancy Breasts – What To Expect and How To Cope
After pregnancy, our breasts change. They can get bigger or smaller. Usually flatter and saggier. If we breastfeed, then the breasts will most likely first get a lot bigger, but then… What not all women know is that the main changes to the breasts come from pregnancy, not breastfeeding. Only, for the breastfeeding moms, they won’t notice the more or less dramatic change until after weaning.
I am sure you have heard that you should love your body after pregnancy – it has been part of creating a miracle. And sure it has. But the effects on the body and maybe especially on the breasts and belly can be really hard to accept (and love!) for many new moms.
So what can you expect for your post-pregnancy breasts? Read all about it here and also join the discussion at the bottom of this article. A lot of new moms (and even dads) share their thoughts on this sensitive topic.
Your Breasts After Baby – What To Expect
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 may be 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, for 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.Read 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.
Fixing Stretch Marks
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?
If you don’t feel like just sitting around waiting for improvement, you can give time a little bit of help. Don’t expect miracles, but there are a few proven options to reduce stretch marks somewhat:
- Needling. Sounds terrible don’t you think?! Iäve tried it on my face for melasma and it worked really well. It is proven to work for any types of scars too, including stretch marks. Your best bet is to visit a saloon for it, but there are home treatment options too: Here is an example of a microneedle roller to try. Make sure to read up carefully on how to use them!
- Creams and oils to reduce the stretch marks. These are usually not as effective, but there are some with proven results. COS Naturals ANTI STRETCH MARK AND SCAR CREAM and Embrace® Minimize™ Scar Treatment are both worth checking out. (Links to Amazon).
Doing pushups may not improve the appearance of 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. This 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 and 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, you can also consider if some kind of breast augmentation is the right choice for you.
Now, how did your breasts change after pregnancy and how do you feel about it? Share your thoughts below!
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