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Saggy breasts are a fairly common phenomenon, especially if you’re a nursing mom. Your breasts can look even more saggy if you already have large breasts. Wonder why? Well, breast milk has several health benefits for the baby, but it can impact the size and shape of your breasts. During breastfeeding, milk ducts expand, and blood flow increases, and that causes breast tissues to stretch out, leading to those saggy, fuller, and heavier breasts.
Dr Chandrika Anand MD, DNB, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fortis Hospital, Nagarbhavi, tells HealthShots that pregnancy itself causes such changes which may continue through breastfeeding and beyond.
According to Dr Anand, “During pregnancy, changing levels of estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin cause physiological changes to the breast tissue. The ligaments that support the breast tissue loosen and stretch to accommodate the growth of the breasts. All of these changes will happen during the course of your pregnancy, and are not dependent on whether or not you actually breastfeed.”
In addition, changes in breasts also depend on other factors such as age, genetics, weight gain and loss, number of pregnancies, original breast size, smoking, etc.
Since breasts don’t have muscle, you can’t firm up breast tissue with exercise. However, Dr Anand says, “Beneath the breasts are fibrous connective tissues and muscles that can be exercised to improve the overall appearance of your chest.” There are various chest exercises that are recommended to improve not only muscle strength but posture as well.
So without any wait, start practicing these exercises and see the changes!
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