Between your clothes fitting differently and new weird and wonderful symptoms, it’s no secret that your body undergoes some pretty monumental changes during pregnancy. You’re growing a new human, after all. Many people feel these developments before they see them, as tender breasts can be one of the earliest signs that you’re pregnant.
While you might be no stranger to your breasts feeling tender at different points of your menstrual cycle (it’s a pretty common premenstrual syndrome symptom), you might not have expected pain during pregnancy. So to better understand this fairly common but frustrating symptom, a Flo expert has given you the lowdown on all things breast pain during pregnancy — from how common it is to what causes it and whether it’s normal.
What does breast pain during pregnancy feel like?
Breast pain might not have been on your list of expected early pregnancy symptoms, but it’s actually very normal and usually isn’t something to worry about. A study found that over 75% of pregnant women experienced breast pain and tenderness during the first trimester.
Tenderness is a word that’s often used in relation to sore boobs, but breast pain during pregnancy can feel different from person to person. “Everyone’s pregnancy is different,” says Dr. Angela Jones, obstetrician and gynecologist and attending physician at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, US. “One woman’s experience or perception may be different from another.” You might describe your different types of breast pain as:
You might also notice aches and pains under your arms. This is because your breast tissue extends to your armpits. To learn more about how your body changes during early pregnancy, you can use an app like Flo.