You’re allergic to your fancy body lotion
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Many body lotions promise smooth, hydrated skin but some deliver exactly the opposite, giving you red, inflamed, cracked, and painful skin, says Diana Ramos, MD, ob-gyn and co-chair of The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative. The chemicals in many cosmetic products can cause an allergic reaction on your skin—even your breasts if you applied the lotion to your chest—and those can include significant swelling and pain and cause breast tenderness, she explains. Other allergy offenders include laundry detergent, hair products (because they run down your chest when you rinse them in the shower), makeup, and sunscreen. “If you recently changed one of your body products and now you have breast pain, there might be a connection,” she says. “Try removing it to see if the pain goes away.” Use these other home remedies for breast tenderness.
Mazel tov! You’re pregnant!
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Swollen, tender, sore breasts are often the very first sign of pregnancy, Dr. Ramos says. Congratulations! Blame your hormones: In the early stages of pregnancy, your breasts grow faster than your baby. As your estrogen levels increase, they increase the size of your milk ducts, which in turn can increase breast pain and sensitivity, she explains. Just found out you were pregnant? These thoughts are completely normal.
Your bra hates you
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Sixty-four percent of us are wearing the wrong size bra, according to a survey of over 10,000 women done by Women’s Wear Daily. And this can cause problems worse than a lumpy silhouette. Poorly fitted bras, abrasive fabrics, and stabby underwire are all common causes of sore breasts, Dr. Ramos says. Instead of enduring 12 or more hours a day in a boob-strangling nightmare, she says it’s worth it to pay a little extra to get something that fits and is comfortable. These are common bra mistakes you might not realize you’re making.