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In the second trimester of pregnancy, your breasts will become larger
and heavier, and you may need a larger and more supportive bra. The tenderness
and tingling sensation from early pregnancy will probably decrease.
As your breasts become larger, the veins become more noticeable under
the skin. The nipples and the area around the nipples (areola) become darker
and larger. Small bumps may appear on the areolae and disappear after
Some women develop
stretch marks on their breasts.
As early as the 16th to 19th week, you may
notice a thin, yellowish discharge (colostrum) from your nipples. Colostrum is
what your breasts produce when they are preparing for breast-feeding.
In the third
trimester, your chest wall may widen because of the
growing baby. You may need a larger bra or a bra extender.
July 23, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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