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Pregnancy has many effects on women’s bodies. They get stretch marks, their shoe sizes go up, and breasts naturally enlarge. If you’re pregnant or are planning to get pregnant after getting breast implants you might have some questions and concerns. You are not alone and not wrong for wanting to know more. Pregnancy causes many natural changes to your breasts that could affect your implants and your ability to breastfeed. While the effects will vary for each person, it’s still good to know what to expect for your breasts during the next nine months.

How Pregnancy Affects Implants

According to doctors, pregnancy has no effect on your implants. During your pregnancy, your breasts will naturally enlarge because of milk production (whether or not you want to breastfeed). After your pregnancy, your breasts will start to shrink back down to normal with no effect on the implants. In fact, if there is any effect on them it will just cause your breasts to droop slightly, which will only make the implants look more natural.

Breastfeeding with Implants

There is something else to consider in regards to pregnancy and breast implants–breastfeeding. Many believe implants will affect milk production and the health of your breastfeeding baby. However, this is not always the case, and it depends on the individual.

The ability to breastfeed with implants is decided by the placement of the implant, the type of implant, and the surgery itself. Chances are if you have saline implants caregivers will see no harmful effects because saline is a salt-water solution, which is harmless. However, if your implants are silicone you may have more to worry about, but some doctors still say it’s okay to breastfeed. You should seek advice from your doctor regardless of your implant type to make the best decision.

Another thing to worry about is how the surgery was done. Sometimes, breast implants will affect the nerves around your areola, which decreases the feeling in the nipple. This could have effects on the letdown response (the way milk comes out of the breast). Implants may also pinch the milk ducts, block the breast milk, and decrease the amount of milk your breasts produce. All of this will vary from person to person so ask your doctor whether or not you should try breastfeeding.

Your pregnancy will not harm your breast implants, but they may affect your decision to breastfeed. Regardless of whether you are already pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant, you don’t have to worry about your implants. Pregnancy will help make your implants look more natural and your implants will help avoid post pregnancy sagging.

However, if you are considering breastfeeding, you should ask your care provider to see what they recommend and get the most information you can to make the best decision for you and your baby. In the end, the health of your baby is what matters. You only need to do right by your little bundle of joy.