Most women experience increased breast size during pregnancy. In fact, it's common for breasts to increase one to two full cup sizes throughout a pregnancy. Generally, the breasts begin to grow around the eighth week and continue to grow throughout the entire pregnancy. After you give birth, your breasts will decrease in size significantly. While it can be challenging, there are certain things you can do to try to maintain your breast size after pregnancy.
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Choose to breastfeed your baby. Because your breasts will often be full of milk, you'll be able to successfully maintain your bigger breasts as long as you breastfeed. You'll also be providing your baby with solid nourishment.
Gain weight. If you gain weight, some of that fat will go to your breasts. Because breasts are made up primarily of fatty tissue, the extra pounds in the area will make your breasts fuller and larger. Unfortunately, you can't choose where you put on weight, so you may find other areas of your body getting larger before your breasts.
Massage your breasts daily. Massage increases blood flow, helping nutrients reach your breasts more easily. The additional blood flow also helps areas appear fuller and plumper. As a result, your breasts may appear larger, closer to how they did when you were pregnant. Use firm, circular motions to rub your breasts daily for two to three minutes.
Talk to your doctor about hormonal medications. During pregnancy, your breasts became larger as a result of the hormones your body was producing. Various medications available can have similar effects on your body. Most often, you should not take hormonal medications while you are breastfeeding. Your doctor will be able to assess your particular situation and advise you accordingly.
Try herbal products. Various herbal creams, lotions and ointments contain phytoestrogens, which help to gradually increase breast size. Phytoestrogens are nature's equivalent of the hormone oestrogen. With regular use, you may be able to maintain your larger breast size via such products. Discuss herbal medications with your doctor before beginning treatment.
Consider cosmetic surgery. Breast enhancements and lifts can help your breasts to look like they did while you were pregnant. Generally, saline implants are placed in your breast area to create larger, fuller breasts. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of such operations before making a decision.
Tips and warnings
- A proper-fitting bra may give you the appearance of fuller, firmer breasts.
- Do not take any medications while breastfeeding without first discussing them with your doctor.
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