Thanks to Violet® iodine for sponsoring today's post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Here at Mom's Messy Miracles, we talk about food, kid crafts, parties, and family travel often. What we don't talk about often enough is MOM.
Boobs, boobies, breasts, knockers, ta-tas, whatever you want to call them, we need to keep them healthy! That's what we're talking about today. After exclusively pumping for 6 months with Charlie and nursing for 16 months with Owen, my breasts have been through quite a lot.
So, let's talk for a bit. Diet, exercise, self screenings and mammograms are all important ways that women – at any age – can take care of their breast health. We're all women (or I presume we are if you're reading this), so you most likely know all of those fun things that come with PMS. Ideally, these don't all happen every month, but many of them do:
- mood swings
- breast tenderness
See that breast tenderness up there? I think that has to be one of the worst symptoms! Menstrual-related breast discomfort is thought to be caused by hormonal changes that occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle. These changes can lead to the buildup of breast tissue, resulting in breast lumps, tenderness, swelling, heaviness and aches. There have been times that I've taken a pregnancy test because they were that tender. This condition affects millions of women – in fact, an estimated 50 percent of all women experience this during their childbearing years – yet many do not seek out treatment and view it as a normal occurrence each month that they have to accept. It may be common, but it's not normal and you don't have to accept it!
4 Ways to Combat Breast Pain
- While in the shower, lather up and gently massage your breasts from the center of your chest out to your armpits. This helps to improve blood circulation!
- Wrap a towel around a bag of ice or frozen vegetables and apply it to each breast for about 10 minutes. This will help reduce swelling and dull the pain.
- You know that feeling at the end of the day when you whip the bra off? Even though we all know that feels absolutely amazing and liberating, it may actually be doing more harm than good.
Try wearing support bras instead of underwire bras, especially when the girls are already feeling tender. I wore a bra all the time while nursing, but haven't since we stopped. I did learn that wearing a bra to bed could reduce nighttime jostling, meaning less breast pain for you during the waking hours. After you've grabbed a couple of new bras that have a proper fit, toss out those old stretched-out ones that don't give you the support you need!
- Have you heard of Violet® iodine? Violet® iodine is a new, once-daily, non-hormone supplement that is made specifically for women to promote breast health and alleviate menstrual-related breast discomfort.
Violet® iodine is an easy, non-hormone daily supplement that can also help promote breast health by proactively helping to restore the natural, healthy balance of breast cells. Additionally, when maintaining a daily regimen, it helps to reduce the symptoms associated with menstrual-related breast discomfort, so women know it’s working each month! When taken daily, Violet iodine not only helps alleviate monthly breast discomfort symptoms, but also addresses the build up of breast tissue over time, thereby potentially reducing errors in diagnostic readings.
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Do you experience monthly breast discomfort?