Nose problems are common particularly in the colder months of the year. They can be uncomfortable but fortunately don't last long nor do they present serious repercussions. The membranes inside your nose may either dry out, bleed easily or become swollen. As a result you may experience Nosebleeds & Nasal Congestion quite frequently during pregnancy.
What causes Nosebleeds & Nasal Congestion During Pregnancy.
- The membrane lining the nasal cavity may dry up.
- This lining has a tendency to swell up because of the increased blood flow during pregnancy
- Circulation changes caused by changes in hormones during pregnancy can cause the nasal membranes to act up
Things you can do..
- Try drinking lots of fluids to keep the membranes moist
- For nose bleeds, lubricate the nasal membranes with a saltwater solution that comes in spray form available at most pharmacies
- Apply petroleum jelly in the nights at the edge of your nostrils which will function as a lubricant
- If the room air is very dry, consider using a humidifier
- Use a soft towel if you find tissues irritating. Keep one handy all the time
- In case of bleeding, sit still and pinch your nostrils until the bleeding stops. If bleeding persists, blow out the clots gently and hold the nostrils for another 5 minutes
Things you should avoid..
- Avoid OTC (over the counter) decongestants or any other medications that is suppose to relieve stuffiness. Many of these medicines contain combinations of drugs that should not be taken during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for any medications if the above remedies don't work
- Avoid blowing your nose forcefully.
This condition is quite bothersome where the pregnant woman feels as if she is having a cold all the time. Stuffed nose tends to interfere with her breathing. There are medications which may provide relief but should be used sparingly. It is best to avoid them altogether, if you can endure the inconvenience. Saltwater drops are the preferred choice. Alternatively steam from a large pot of water provides some temporary relief. Hold a towel over your head and inhale the vapor that is coming from the pot a few times. Allergic rhinitis like most discomforts goes away after the baby is born.