A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Her breasts become bigger and reach their top right after childbirth, it is all natural. This will lead to full and gorged breasts throughout lactation. Soon after breastfeeding, her breasts shrink back to their smaller form.
Stretching and shrinking breaks down the connective tissues and ligaments that support breasts. Since ligaments and connective tissues are responsible for breast support, we need to take some steps during and after pregnancy in order to prevent their stretching. We need to do all this to get back our breasts to normal shape and level of perkiness after pregnancy.
What you can do for your breasts during pregnancy
You have seen what’s happened to other women during pregnancy and in the period right after. This may cause your concern for your own body. In case you are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you are certainly concerned about what will happen to your breasts. If you are pregnant, you need to start taking proper care of your breasts. Here are things you can do during pregnancy to avoid breaking down supportive tissue.
Wear the right bra, that will give your breasts plenty of support. Your breasts will grow during pregnancy, so you will need new bras. Do not attempt to squeeze into an old bra. Make the investment, even when you can afford only a couple of new bras. Don’t leave your heavier breasts without support, never. Even during the night, you may have to wear a sports bra or something to keep your breasts from hanging free.
During pregnancy, pay attention to your weight. While it’s not healthy to restrict calorie consumption during pregnancy (for you or for your baby) it is also a bad option to give into fatty cravings eating more than recommended. The faster you gain weight, the larger strain you add on your breasts. Normally, during pregnancy, you should gain only 25 to 35 pounds.
Use a skin moisturizer for your breasts frequently. Feel free to use cocoa butter, ordinary lotion, facial moisturizer or a breast firming product. If you already using cocoa butter on your stomach to prevent stretch marks, use the same cocoa butter to moisturize your breasts. Moisturize and massage your breasts every day.
What you can do for your breasts after pregnancy
Your breasts go through quick and major changes after child birth. Your breasts will grow after pregnancy. Around one week after you have given birth, your breasts stretch under the weight of milk swollen glands. You will have significant breast changes throughout the first few months after delivery, even if you don’t breast feed. Here are some things you should do to get back your breasts to previous, normal and perky condition.
Look at your bra inventory once more. You may find you should go up another size right after pregnancy only to see your breasts shrink down to a smaller size following a couple of months. Do not cut corners of your bra. Put on a good supportive bra that fits you. Avoid too large or too small bras. Also, don’t go without a bra.
Take off pregnancy weight gradually. It is understandable that you would like to wear your pre pregnancy clothing shortly after giving birth. It would be great to wear the same jeans like before. Do it if you can, but if you can not, don’t push it. Let the weight come off slowly. Stick to healthy eating plan along with moderate exercise.
Tone up your pectoral muscle tissues. They are located directly under your breasts, in your chest. By building up your pectoral muscles through workouts you create solid platform for your breasts to rest on. Be patient during this post pregnancy period. It requires some time to get your breasts and your body back into pre pregnancy form. The connective tissues of your breasts will retract, which will result in perkier breasts. However it will not happen overnight. Wear a good bra, and provide your breasts plenty of support in the meantime.