Nosebleeds During Early Pregnancy

Although, it does not happen to everyone, nosebleeds can sometimes be one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, and can last even till the third trimester. While they are usually harmless, they can be unpleasant and cause embarrassment if they happen at inconvenient times

Reasons for Nosebleeds During Pregnancy

Nosebleeds often occur during pregnancy.

There are a number of reasons for this:
  • If the surrounding air is dry, causing the nostrils to dry out, a nose bleed can occur.

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  • Nosebleeds in early pregnancy happen usually because during pregnancy, the amount of blood running through a woman’s body increases. The blood vessels also become more sensitive and expand. This puts more pressure on the delicate blood vessels of the nose, and cause them rupture.
  • Another cause for nosebleeds in early pregnancy could be allergies, a cold or a sinus infection, which dry out the membranes inside the nose.
  • Air-conditioned rooms, airline cabins, cold weather and other dry environments can also be the reason for nosebleeds in early pregnancy.
  • Nosebleeds in early pregnancy can also be caused by certain medical conditions or trauma like a clotting disorder or high blood pressure.

How to stop a Nosebleed During Pregnancy

  • Try and use the same methods to stop it, as with a normal nosebleed. Keep your head higher than your heart and apply pressure on your nostril with your thumb and bent index finger. Pinch the entire soft part of your lower nose, exerting pressure toward your face. Tilt your head back, and keep up the pressure for 10 minutes. If it still does not stop after this, call up your doctor.

  • Apply some ice, or a cold pack (it could even be a bag of frozen vegetables) and press it against your nose. The cold helps to constrict the blood vessels and coagulate the blood, causing the nosebleed to stop.

Precautions for Nosebleed when Pregnant

  • Don’t lie down. This may cause you to swallow the blood, which can lead to nausea or even vomiting.
  • If the nosebleed occurs after even a minor head injury, it is advisable to tell your doctor.
  • It is also advisable to consult your doctor if your nosebleeds occur very frequently.

How to Prevent Nosebleeds During Pregnancy

  • Keep your body well hydrated by drinking lots of water and liquids like fruit juices. This prevents your nose from becoming dry, since dehydration often causes the delicate veins in the nose to break.
  • Keep your nose moist and well-lubricated, but don’t use decongestants or nasal sprays since they tend to dry out the nose even further.
  • Keep the air in your house/room moist by using a humidifier.
  • When you need to blow your nose, do so gently, to prevent putting extra pressure on the delicate veins of the nostrils.
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