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Tender Breasts (Underarms)

Very Early Pregnancy Symptom

Symptom Details

Swollen or tender breasts are pregnancy symptoms which can begin very soon after conception. This might be your first clue that you are pregnant! Some women report that they feel it most in the sides of their breasts or under arms. Some describe it as affecting the entire breast. Increasing levels of hormones cause increased blood flow and changes to the breast tissue. As milk ducts and milk-producing cells develop your breasts may feel swollen, tender or very sensitive to touch. You may also feel tingling, throbbing, burning sensation or itchiness. Your breasts may also grow in size, feel heavy or change in shape.

As your body adjusts to the new surge of hormones the pain should subside. Soaking in a warm bath may help alleviate some discomfort, and consider sleeping in a comfortable bra. As your breasts change in size be sure to always wear a well-fitting supportive bra. It is recommended you have your bra professional fitted.

Comparison Chart

The chart below shows a comparison between the number of times this symptom was experienced by pregnant vs non-pregnant women.

**NOTE: Data for 15-21 dpo tends to be lower than expected as many women stop tracking symptoms after a positive pregnancy test.

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  • 6 weeks ago » nani_sanai said:
    12po sore aching breast mostly underarms and sides but all around. been feeling for about 3-4days now. my bbs have also grown in size too
  • Jan. 22, 2014 2:51pm » Gretus123 said:
    12 DPO and very full/tender/sore breasts as well as underarms just near the armpit, uncomfortable but bearable. BFN this morning
  • Jan. 19, 2014 8:13pm » amanda&jeff said:
    10dpo my bbs are so tender i cant even walk around without a bra or a shirt with a built in they are so sensitive my poor DF cant hung me
  • Jan. 18, 2014 10:51am » A2theO said:
    My boobs have been seriously achy for DAYS! Tender, sore, and heavy. Comes in waves. I'm 9-11 dpo.
  • Dec. 20, 2013 4:48pm » navywife said:
    Feeling very full, tingly, painful breasts. Leaking breastmilk - yellowish and clear. Only 12 dpo and had a VERY faint +.
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