Nosebleeds

You could experience nosebleeds during your pregnancy. Suffering from a nosebleed can be a common pregnancy symptom.

Don’t get too scared or worried if it does happen. Stay calm and remind yourself why nosebleeds occur during pregnancy. Relax and make sure you know how to deal with them.

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Why does it happen?
  • Your blood volume and estrogen levels have increased which in turn causes your blood vessels to become enlarged.
  • As a result, many women suffer from blocked up, stuffy noses or maybe just the sensation of a blocked nose because the nasal passage is swelling – see Congestion.
  • The enlargement of blood vessels in your nose may also cause them to become thin and fragile.
  • The blood vessels can easily rupture bleed, especially if your nasal passage is already congested.
  • A dry nose during pregnancy could also lead to the rupturing of nasal blood vessels. Think of dry combined with thin and fragile and you won’t be surprised that bleeding can occur.

Recommendations

  • Stay calm if you suffer from a nosebleed.
  • Sit down and relax, making sure you have tissues to catch the bleeding.
  • Put pressure on the end of your nose with your thumb and forefinger. This serves to constrict the blood vessels and reduce the bleeding.
  • Breathe throough your mouth slowly and calmly. Focus on your breathing to relax yourself. The more relaxed you are and the more calmly you deal with a nosebleed, the quicker it should be to stop.
  • In normal cases, a nosebleed should not last longer than between 10 and 20 minutes.

If your nosebleed continues, even after putting pressure on your nose, make sure you consult your doctor.

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