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Pregnancy Concerns: Nosebleeds

Nose bleeds during pregnancy are a fairly common occurrence. More often than not they are quite harmless and most women find them inconvenient.

nosebleedNosebleeds during pregnancy may be alarming for most women. It can cause a lot of inconvenience but there is nothing to worry about, unless you are bleeding a lot from the nose.

In pregnancy, nosebleeds 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 it:

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 the bleeding is serious, do call your gynea.