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Is your nose frequently bleeding while pregnant? It could be high blood pressure or other common pregnancy symptoms
Like most pregnant women, aside from the particularly rough days, I love being pregnant. It has made me the happiest I've ever been in my life, and I know that soon all the aches, pains and stress will be well worth it. There is one thing I will not miss, though; the constant bloody nose.
A bloody nose is extremely common during pregnancy and should probably just be expected. It's a sign that your blood supply has increased, as it should. The blood vessels in your nose are very close to the surface of your skin inside your nose, which tears easily anyway, seeing as how it is line with a mucous membrane.
You may have a full on raging nosebleed, or simply boogers (for lack of a better word) that are covered in blood. An occasional nosebleed is nothing to worry about, but if they are occurring at an extremely frequent rate, you may want to call your doctor. This could also be contributed to underlying high blood pressure (which will make your vessels more likely to burst) and if you are bleeding excessively and having a hard time to get it to stop, may be indicative of a clotting deficiency, which will need to be assessed prior to your delivery.
Nosebleeds can also be a sign of traumatic head injury, in which case you need to be assessed immediately by a doctor, regardless of how bad the bleeding is.
Methods to stop a nose bleed include applying pressure to the nose by squeezing your nostrils between your thumb and index or other finger, and pressing toward your face. Hold for at least five, but preferably ten or more minutes. It's not a good idea to let go and check and see if you're still bleeding, since this could actually go ahead and burst the clotting that you have already accomplished, meaning you need to start the process over. Applying ice in the form of an ice pack or frozen vegetables can also help, as they constrict the blood vessels.
Some tips to prevent nosebleeds include keeping the inside of your nostrils well lubricated with vaseline or petroleum jelly, avoid air pollutants such as cigarette smoke,and avoid overly dry air by using a humidifier while you sleep (especially during those cold winter months).