10 things to know about boobs before and after pregnancy
Feminine attribute par excellence, the chest is not only an object of fantasy or a symbol of motherhood. Your breasts are much more complicated and full of mysteries Here are ten things you probably do not know about them.
1. Why do we have two breasts?
Sorry gentlemen, it’s not because you have two hands! The woman has mainly one or two baby pregnancies, so nature has done merely things well by giving it two breasts that can feed them. With the bat and the elephant, we are the rare mammals to have only two “udders.”
2. The B cup is the most common in the world
This may inhibit more than one: the size of bra sold the most in the world is the B cup. In France, it is precisely the 90B which is the most widespread, and this for decades. This trend is, however, evolving towards a size C. Note that in Germany and the United States, it is preferably the hat D that women buy. Note that the most significant cup size is the “L,” the smallest being an “AAA.” Last little information and after we stop talking about size: the most extensive breast measures 177 cm contour and 109 cm wide. They should be lodged in a V-cup bra if there were any.
3. Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery operation
In France, between 400,000 and 500,000 women wear breast implants. These implants are most commonly placed behind the pectoral muscle, behind the gland. They do not interfere with the process of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Like all other women, future mothers with breast implants will notice a change in the volume and appearance of their breasts.
4. Does breastfeeding make your breasts fall?
Not really. Pregnancy, however, a little yes. Indeed, breastfeeding itself has no adverse effect on the maintenance of breasts, it is preferably the change in volume that accompanies pregnancy that can deprive them of their great looks. But it will be mainly the age which will be fatal for the maintenance of your breast: as you age, you will not produce more estrogen, which makes that your mammary glands and your milk ducts will regress and become adipose tissue. Your breasts are then less dense and can even become smaller and lose firmness.
5. Every day, 4 million bras are made in the world
It is essential to wear a bra to maintain the chest. This is good; every second, 46 units are produced, more than 1.46 billion bras per year, with China as the world’s largest manufacturer. You should know that the first bra model was invented by a 19-year-old American girl, Caresse Crosby, in 1913. She was embarrassed by her corset before going to her debutante ball, and she imagined a continuation to using two handkerchiefs sewn with tape and pins.
6. During pregnancy, do not massage the sore breasts
The breast is a gland like a thyroid and not a muscle (except the nipple that contains muscle fibers). Breast massage thus stimulates the production of oxytocin, the critical hormone of childbirth, and can, therefore, cause a risk of premature delivery if the cervix is already open. If your breasts are painful, get them to cool with a jet of fresh water, for example, to decongest them.
We recommend reading the article: Care of your breasts after breastfeeding
7. When a woman is horny, her breasts get bigger
Breasts tend to swell during the sexual act. Their height can indeed increase up to 25% when the woman is excited. You will also be surprised to learn that some women (okay, only 1% but still) can have an orgasm by breast stimulation.
8. Breast cancer is the first female cancer
Sadly, breast cancer is the leading cause of female cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among women. Although associated with women, this cancer also affects 1 to 2% of men or a hundred breast cancers per year in men in France. Women over 50 are the most affected and are strongly recommended to do frequent screenings. However, the risks for the youngest are not to be neglected.
9. Your breasts are the part of your body that has the driest skin
The skin of your breasts tends to puberty and becomes the most beautiful epidermis area of your body. This is why this part is more sensitive and often drier than the others. Take care of your breasts by moisturizing regularly, especially during pregnancy. Indeed, stretch marks can appear.
10. Sleeping on your stomach can change the shape of your chest
In the long term, the breasts of women who sleep on the stomach can deform. Doctors recommend sleeping instead on the side, with a pillow under the chest, to maintain their appearance.
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