While you may see the changes in your skin and feel the changes in your body as you go through life, you may not be as aware that your boobs are changing too. And it’s not all about what they look like, the changes also extend to how they feel, so to get to know the stages of your breasts; know what to expect. It’s time to check in with your changing chest.
This is the decade where your boobs change a lot; size can fluctuate as your metabolism may slow down, or your weight settles. As you put on or take off the kgs, your breasts also shift in size. If pregnancy is on the cards in your 20s, you also need to factor in breast enlargement as you gain weight and your body gets ready for lactation. When your milk is no longer coming in, you might feel as if your boobs are bigger or smaller than before you got pregnant. Don’t be shocked if your areolas darken or your nipples get bigger during pregnancy – these will both go back to your ‘normal’ after you give birth. Check out our range of maternity bras and wire-free bras.
Another phenomenon that can happen in your 20s is fibrocystic change, which will show up as benign lumps in your boobs. As your menstrual cycle varies, so do your hormones, such as estrogen. As a result, your breasts may develop some swollen lumps – all normal and to be expected, so try not to worry. A sore lump that feels similar to other areas in that same breast is most probably a fibrocystic change. Always trust your gut, but bear in mind that more often than not, cancerous lumps are not painful. Get yourself to your doc if you notice significant changes. Check out our sports bras. because this is a good time to get more support during your exercise.
A lot of women in their 30s have had their kids and will notice their boobs stretching as a result of putting on and losing weight. Stretch marks and drooping are a natural and beautiful consequence of your pregnancies. If you’re finding your changing boobs difficult to adjust to, remember how amazing your breasts are and what they’ve been through.
As you go through menopause, there are yet more changes your boobs will go through. At this age, your ovaries create less estrogen, and as a result, your breast tissue is replaced by fat as part of a process known as involution. Because fat is softer, your boobs may not feel as firm as they did in your 20s and 30s. And it’s not always an equal occurrence throughout your boobs; while some of your breasts may become fatty, the adjacent tissue might feel like a lump in contrast. If these lumps are soft (like the side of your nose), it’s likely fine, but if the lumps are harder (think the bridge of your nose), see your doc. Make sure you stay familiar with your boobs and their changes through frequent self-exams.
Even though ptosis is more likely after you lose a lot of weight or have had a pregnancy, it’s also a natural phenomenon as you age. Your collagen will begin to yield, which means your boobs will sag – it’s a fact of life. This is why mammograms are recommended after you hit 40 – the drop in density means your doc can get a clearer picture of how healthy your boobs are. To keep your chest in check, it’s important to get regular fittings and change your bra as your breasts change. Our in-store fittings will ensure you have the best fitting bra for your body and breasts. Come in for a fitting.