Congratulations! You’re pregnant! This is an exciting time filled with anticipation, joy, and maybe a few anxieties. If you have breast implants, you might have some questions about how they’ll fare during this amazing journey. Fear not, mama-to-be, we’re here to navigate this together.
Will my implants affect my pregnancy?
Good news! The short answer is no. Your implants won’t have any negative impact on your ability to conceive, carry a healthy baby, or deliver safely. They’re designed to stay put, even as your breasts change shape and size throughout your pregnancy.
What about changes to my breasts?
Your breasts are rockstars during pregnancy. They’ll grow, become more sensitive, and prepare for breastfeeding. This can lead to some visible changes in your implants, which is totally normal:
- Stretch marks: Your skin stretches to accommodate growth and stretch marks can appear on both natural breasts and those with implants.
- Changes in positioning: Implants might become more noticeable as your breasts enlarge, potentially appearing higher or wider set.
- Loss of volume: After pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breasts may shrink, leaving your implants feeling less natural or proportional.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
Absolutely! Breastfeeding with implants is safe for both you and your baby. The silicone or saline filling in your implants won’t leak or interfere with milk production. However, some factors to consider:
- Nipple sensitivity: Implants can affect nipple sensation, making it harder to latch initially. Consult a lactation consultant for help.
- Milk supply: Some women with implants report lower milk supply. Talk to your doctor or lactation consultant about monitoring your baby’s feeding cues and supplementing if needed.
- Implant rupture: While rare, pregnancy and breastfeeding can put extra pressure on implants, increasing the risk of rupture. Be on the lookout for any changes in shape, firmness, or pain.
Should I remove my implants before pregnancy?
This is a personal decision. There’s no right or wrong answer. Some women choose removal for peace of mind or to avoid potential complications. Others opt to keep them and address any cosmetic concerns later. Discuss your options with your doctor and consider factors like:
- Your desired breastfeeding experience.
- Your implant type and age.
- Your personal comfort and satisfaction.
Remember, you’re not alone!
Many women with implants have healthy pregnancies and fulfilling breastfeeding experiences. Talk to your doctor, connect with other mamas with implants, and trust your gut. You’ve got this!
- Wear supportive maternity bras to help manage breast changes and discomfort.
- Get regular checkups with your doctor to monitor implant integrity.
- Celebrate your body’s amazing transformations, implants or not!
Pregnancy is a beautiful adventure. Embrace it with confidence, mama. Your implants are just a part of your unique story, and you’re rocking it! If you have any other questions about breast implants and pregnancy, you can feel free to give our office a call at 704-655-8988!