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Nosebleeds and Pregnancy : Should You Be Alarmed ?

While a nosebleed is a rather common affair that happens to everyone at least once in their lifetime, suffering from a nosebleed while pregnant can be much scarier for an expectant mother, because everything that happens during a pregnancy may seem abnormal. However, reassure yourself right away! Nosebleeds during pregnancy are common and normal phenomenons that particularly affect pregnant women starting in the second trimester. Here are the reasons why:

Pregnancy Hormones

Certain hormones that appear during pregnancy are good for us and play an important role but also come with their share of downsides.

Progesterone and estrogen, which are two pregnancy hormones that are secreted in the ovaries then in the placenta, play a major role in the development of the embryo. They strongly contribute to its implantation and to the expansion of the uterus to make room for it. These hormones also promote the transportation of the large amount of blood during pregnancy throughout the body in order to oxygenate the fetus. Finally, they facilitate the development of the glands in the breasts, which will then allow breastfeeding.

These pregnancy hormones (progesterone and estrogen) therefore bring about many positive changes that allow the fetus to develop correctly during the nine months of pregnancy and even after. But these major changes are also accompanied by their share of downsides. For example, the development of the glands in the breasts, which cause an increase in the volume of the breasts, can, of course, be painful and make stretch marks and other signs of increased volume appear on the chest. During this period of great hormonal change, the digestion of the pregnant woman can also be more difficult. You may experience unusual tiredness, a sensation of heavy legs, water retention, increased hairiness, and haemorrhoids. In addition to this, it’s common for a pregnant woman to suffer from nosebleeds, always due to the increase in these two pregnancy hormones.

Why Do These Hormones Cause Nosebleeds?

Progesterone and estrogen, which we’ve just mentioned for their advantages but also for their disadvantages, are hormones that promote the dilation of the blood vessels. Because they cause this phenomenon, and because pregnancy generates an amount and an additional influx of blood that puts pressure on the blood vessels, those in the nose, which are fine and fragile, tend to burst and cause mild, harmless, but uncomfortable nosebleeds in expectant mothers. During pregnancy, when you’re always under the influence of pregnancy hormones, and especially in the winter, it’s also possible for the mucous membranes to dry out and swell, thus causing the rupture of the blood vessels in the nose.

Don’t Be Alarmed, but Take the Necessary Precautions

Because you know now that nosebleeds are common while pregnant, we recommend not being surprised but rather taking the necessary steps to deal with this little inconvenience. Here are some precautions to take and some essentials to have with you at all times:

– Always have a treatment with you that lets you stop nosebleeds quickly. Existing in the form of a gel and very quick and easy to use, Nozohaem is a treatment that facilitates the natural healing process of the nosebleed.

– Avoid heat or overheated rooms in the winter, since the heat will quickly dry out the mucous membranes in the nose, which can cause them to swell, break them, and therefore cause a nosebleed.