Nosebleeds during pregnancy: What causes them and what you can do
Nosebleeds during pregnancy are a fairly common occurrence. More often than not, they are quite harmless.
Most women would be more than alarmed to experience nosebleeds during pregnancy. They can cause a lot of inconvenience but for the majority of the time, there is nothing to worry about.
Nosebleeds during pregnancy are caused because the blood vessels in the body begin to dilate to accommodate the increased volume of blood. Pregnant women also often suffer from congested noses and therefore may experience nosebleeds if they blow too hard.
Nosebleeds could also occur for reasons that are not connected to pregnancy. Dry and cold conditions tend to irritate the inner membrane of the nose because of which nose bleeds occur.
What you can do to relieve nosebleeds during pregnancy:
1) Sit down and lean your head forward (not backward). This will make your nose bleed less, positioning your head above the heart. If you lean back, this can cause your body to experience more issues, such as gagging, nausea and vomiting.
2) Squeeze the softer parts of your nose together.
3) Apply an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables on your nose and cheeks. But remember to wrap it in a towel.
If your nosebleeds during pregnancy become heavy and serious, do contact your GP or doctor.
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