Tender Breasts

Early pregnancy symptom

Swollen or tender breasts are pregnancy symptoms which can begin very soon after conception. This might be your first clue that you are pregnant! 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 professionally fitted.



Comparison of how often this symptom is experienced by pregnant vs non-pregnant women.


After implantation (9 dpo+)
experiencing this symptom
the probability of pregnancy


Overall (during the luteal phase)
experiencing this symptom
the probability of pregnancy





Summary of chart

An explanation of the affect on the probability of pregnancy for each day past ovulation or group of days.

0 dpo - 6 dpo

Slightly increases probability of pregnancy

7 dpo - 11 dpo

Does not significantly affect probability of pregnancy

12 dpo - 14 dpo

Slightly increases probability of pregnancy

15 dpo - 18 dpo

Increases probability of pregnancy


Detailed breakdown by DPO

Shows data for days where differences are meaningful.

Day past ovulationPregnant vs non-pregnant
1 dpo 1.3 times more (+23%)
2 dpo 1.3 times more (+23%)
3 dpo 1.2 times more (+20%)
13 dpo 1.2 times more (+17%)
14 dpo 1.3 times more (+27%)
15 dpo 1.4 times more (+38%)
16 dpo 1.5 times more (+49%)
17 dpo 1.6 times more (+56%)
18 dpo 1.6 times more (+59%)
Understanding the data

Pregnant women experience this symptom the number of times listed as often as non-pregnant. The percentage listed refers to the percentage increase or decrease between pregnant and non-pregnant.

Visit the dpo chart pages to view most common and significant positive and negative indicators of pregnancy for each day past ovulation.




What women are saying about this symptom.

SimplyMe33  10 weeks ago
4DPO breast’s weren’t tender this morning but they are now that it’s evening.

Rubicon007  3 months ago
6 dpo

Ava0505  4 months ago
7dpo-10dpo very tender breasts. Not sure if indicative of af coming or possible pregnancy symptom.

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