Pain During Pregnancy

Why Painful Breast Lumps During Pregnancy

Written by Stephanie McClane

If you are in your second or the third semester of your pregnancy and if you found a lump in your breast; do not panic. Thought finding lump in breast during pregnancy can certainly be scary, occurrence of the same during pregnancy is not the same. There is nothing to worry about and also the occurrence of breast cancer while pregnant is very rare and the changes are below low when your age is below 35.

The changes which occur in a woman during pregnancy is one reason which can make your breast look lumpy or heavy. But if you find this difference when you are in your 3rd trimester then this lump can be just a clogged milk duct. This is very common reason for breast lumps during pregnancy.

It can be as early as your second trimester, but your breasts are all prepping up to nurse your little bundle of joy. There can be a clogged milk duct at times which can get blocked and due to this it can get enlarged. But how does one know that it is due to a blocked milk duct. The painful lump in breast when formed due to this will show as a red lump but will clear up eventually.

The blocked milk ducts are hard to touch and they clear up after few days. But the good news is that this is a sign that your body is making itself ready to nurse your little one. And women who choose to breast feed reduce the risk of breast cancer even later in their lives.

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If you find a lump in breast while pregnant and if feels painful, there are certain remedies which can be followed at home to get some immediate relief. Applying of warmth helps to compress the lump. Even a tender massage which help unclog the milk duct and thus helps in eliminating the lump formed. Some doctors also suggest not wearing any under wired bras and getting support from the bras. But even after these the lump does not go and if you do not feel better, then you need to consult your doctor to make sure that there is no infection.

6 weeks pregnant lump in breast is also one of the most common problems which many women face. Though there is no need to panic, this can be caused due to a change which occurs in the breast tissue. The breast tissues undergo changes before the second trimester and this occurs due to hormonal changes. So, there is certainly no need to panic. If the lump is big and is painful then your doctor might want you to have a scan done to examine things properly.

So, now that you are pregnant and if you find a breast lump, the very first thing to do is not to panic. Wait for few days and try the home remedies and if still there is no change and if you find more lumps, that is when you need to consult your doctor. Keep a positive mind and enjoy your pregnancy.

About the author

Stephanie McClane

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I graduated college with a business degree and a minor in biology. I met my husband at a business convention and was happily marriage and pregnant within the first two years after saying the words “ I do”.

Jennifer is the eldest of the three. Being pregnant with her, my first, I researched everything pregnancy related and read nearly every book. Giving birth to Anthony and Matty seemed more natural and less stressful the third time around.

I’m happy to share what knowledge I have gathered and learn new things from other mothers. From morning sickness to Anencephaly, or potty training to thumb sucking, I have books and resource guides to share.