Your body goes through a lot of changes during the pregnancy. Nasal congestion and nosebleeds are common during pregnancy. In fact, almost one out of five women face the problem of nose bleeds during pregnancy.
You will mostly experience nose bleeds in your second trimester of pregnancy. You bleed, generally for a very short time, but sometimes, it can be very heavy as well.
If you have been worried about the same, it is time to relax a bit now. As long as you are not losing too much blood from your nose, know that this is yet another pregnancy related thing that shall pass.
Are Nose Bleeds Common During Pregnancy?
Yes, nose bleeds is very common during pregnancy.
- In fact, the blood may flow out from just one nostril and sometimes from both the nostrils as well.
- Nose bleeds generally starts in the second trimester and may last till the end.
- From the second trimester on, you will feel like your nostrils are blocked up more than usual.
[ Read: Nasal Congestion During Pregnancy ]
What Causes Nosebleeds During Pregnancy?
The causes for nose bleeds, which is normal during pregnancy, are as follows:
- The hormones estrogen and progesterone make your blood vessels open wider. As the blood supply increases during pregnancy, it puts pressure on the veins of your nose, which leads to nose bleeds.
- Hypertension is another reason that is known to cause nose bleeds during pregnancy.
- Nose bleeds also happen due to cold, so you don’t have to worry too much if you are living in a very cold weather.
How Can I Stop Nose Bleeding In Pregnancy?
When your nose starts bleeding, try and do the following:
- Sit down and ensure that the position of your head is higher than the position of your heart.
- You don’t have to lie down.
- Pinch the nostril from which the blood is flowing for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Do not bend backwards as the blood may go inside through your mouth.
- Just bend forward and keep your mouth open for breathing. This will also help you to spit out the blood if it goes into your mouth.
- Do not release the pressure on the nostril to see if the bleeding has stopped. You should hold it for at least 10 minutes.
- Generally, the bleeding should stop within a maximum of 20 minutes. Keep a note of the time it took for the bleeding to stop, as it will be helpful in the future.
- If you feel a fainting sensation, make sure you lay down gently on your side, not straight.
[ Read: Stress During Pregnancy ]
Can Anything Be Done To Avoid Getting A Nosebleed?
While you may not be able to avoid it entirely, you can surely try the following:
- Make sure that your nose is never completely dry. You can use petroleum jelly which will be helpful.
- Do not blow your nose frequently. Do it only when necessary and do it very gently.
- Take good amounts of water to keep the tissues of the nose hydrated always.
- Avoid the usage of nasal sprays. As they can dry out your nose and cause irritation.
[ Read: Anemia In Pregnancy ]
Can Nose Bleeds Affect My Pregnancy?
Nose bleeds do not affect the way you give birth to your baby, but:
- If you are experiencing nose bleeds, it may increase after you give birth to your baby. But this is faced by only 1 out of 10 women.
- If you are having frequent nosebleeds during pregnancy especially from the second trimester till the end, it is advised to go for C section instead of a normal delivery.
These nose bleeds are a temporary occurrence during the pregnancy. Once you give birth to your baby, the nose bleeds will stop automatically.
In case it is still persisting, or if you are feeling weak or uncomfortable, it is important that you consult your doctor immediately.
Do share your experiences on the same with other readers.
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