It started happening to my year-old daughter this spring. The pants I hemmed up in June were too short by October, despite only being washed once. As a loving mom and adolescent medicine specialist, these are heady times for me.
Growth during adolescence is linked to the hormonal changes of puberty. Girls usually enter puberty earlier than boys. The inches and pounds added during adolescence can matter in a big way.
Puberty is the name for the time when your body goes through changes and you begin to go from being a child to an adult. Your hormone levels will change; you will develop breasts, grow taller, and start your menstrual periods. Puberty in girls usually starts between 8 and 13 years of age, however, it can also be normal for girls to start puberty before 8 or after
All women — including your mom, female teachers and aunts — went through puberty. They can be a great resource for you as you have questions along the way. As you prepare to grow into a beautiful, confident woman it can be exciting, but also scary.
In certain conditions, some girls start way earlier or way later than that. But for girls with a normal growth and development curve, puberty will start during their middle school or high school years. During puberty, there is a natural increase in the hormone estrogen in the body.
Breast development happens in certain stages during a woman's life: first before birth, again at puberty, and later during the childbearing years. This starts with a thickening in the chest area called the mammary ridge or milk line. By the time a baby girl is born, nipples and the beginnings of the milk-duct system have formed.
For endocrinology appointment information, please call For diabetes appointment information, please call the Barbara Davis Center at The onset of breast development in girls less than 8 years of age may be the first sign of precocious puberty or more likely a condition referred to as benign premature thelarche.