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How can I overcome of the breast pain pregnancy?

April C. Sanchez, M.D.


A Breast pain is a common complaint, often beginning early in pregnancy. The first eight weeks of pregnancy are when the breasts undergo the most rapid growth, which can lead to extreme tenderness. The blood vessels become engorged and blood flow to the breasts is increased. This is followed by a hormonally-induced proliferation of the actual milk glands and ducts. Milk production does not really begin until a few days after birth, but some women experience leakage of a small amount of a milk-like substance during pregnancy.

The best thing you can do to help alleviate the pain is to wear a well-fitting support bra. Many women have an increase of one to two cup sizes during pregnancy. You should see a professional bra-fitter, either at a bra specialty store or a large department store. An occasional Tylenol can be taken when the pain is at its worse.

Although you may have breast discomfort throughout your pregnancy, the worst of it tends to be early in pregnancy and the symptoms usually subside after the first trimester.

April C. Sanchez, M.D.

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Dr Sanchez lives with her husband and two boys ages 6 and 2 in Mandeville, Louisinana. She is a Board Certified OBGYN with a dregree from Louisiana State University Medical School. She completed her residency through the Tulane University Medical School Residency Program. She also received a Surgical Excellence Award.

Total Woman Care

She is now practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology at Total Woman Care, in Manderville, Louisiana. The Total Woman Care website, ( is an "Advanced" Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice that cares and provides for the needs of women with total Compassion, Empathy, and Understanding. Dedicated to Provide Obstetrics and Gynecology Related Information for the Women of West St Tammany Parish.

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