Nose Bleeding During Pregnancy
Submitted by Nick on August 17, 2012
Nose bleeding during pregnancy is one of the common but unpleasant side effects that can occur. It is a well known fact that the body undergoes many changes during pregnancy. It is not uncommon for women to experience nasal problems during pregnancy – these include sinus headaches, nasal congestion, and bleeding nose during pregnancy. Let us now take a closer look at the causes of nose bleed during pregnancy.
- During pregnancy, hormonal levels start varying. Estrogen and progesterone...
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- ...increase and so does the blood flow in the body. The hormonal levels change and hormones like estrogen and progesterone rise. To keep the placenta and baby healthy, the body produces this extra blood. Nasal congestion occurs due to the extra blood flow as the small blood vessels are impacted.
- Nasal bleeding can also occur on account of some kind of medical conditions that the mother may be suffering from prior to pregnancy. High blood pressure could be one such condition.
- Allergies which exert more pressure on the mucus lining of the nose could also lead to a bleeding nose during pregnancy.
- The weather also has an impact and can cause nose bleeding. A dry environment and cold weather can lead to the respiratory tract swelling and eventually to nosebleeds.
Nose bleeding during pregnancy can be annoying but there are ways of handling this problem.
- If your nose starts to bleed, sit up straight, hold your head high and exert pressure on the nostril that bleeds. Do this for five to ten minutes. Be careful not to tilt your head backwards, as this could cause you to swallow the blood and make you queasy.
- Applying ice will help to stop the nose bleed as well. Ice constricts the blood vessels and therefore stops the bleeding.
Do not make the mistake of stopping the pressure to check if the bleeding has stopped. It may result in the bleeding to start all over again. If however, you have not stopped bleeding after 20 minutes, contact your doctor.
Avoid the use of decongestants and nasal sprays during pregnancy. Stay away from heavy perfumes or smoke that might irritate your nose. These steps will help to prevent nose bleeding during pregnancy.
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