A blocked nose in pregnancy is often not due to a cold, allergy (like hay fever) or sinus infection. Instead it’s because of the puffiness of membranes caused by the extra load of blood and tissue fluid that is common in pregnancy. This is not harmful to your baby, even if it feels as if you’re not getting enough air.
Sometimes puffy nasal membranes can lead to slight but irritating nosebleeds.
Nosebleeds in pregnancy are quite common and mostly just harmless as a blocked nose, and arise as a result of the excess cellular fluid in the membranous tissue.
If nosebleeds persist though, you should have this checked, as cauterisation of a tiny blood vessel might be required to fix the problem. Persistent nosebleeds might also be caused by raised blood pressure, so have your doctor check this out.
Your diet could play a role
Nasal congestion in pregnancy is often due to dietary changes. Many women eat substantially more dairy and grain products in pregnancy and these foods often cause extra mucus production and can aggravate the problem of a blocked nose.
Expecting women often increase their intake of these foods because they’re encouraged to have a higher calcium intake. Women also often turn to cookies, sandwiches and pasta as comfort foods during pregnancy. Reducing these foods mostly improves nasal congestion immediately.
More about the expert:
Sister Lilian has been a leading South African pregnancy and parenting advisor for many years, is a best-selling author and has often appeared on radio and TV, and in parenting magazines, as South Africa’s go-to parenting expert. Some of her books have even been translated into Spanish, Romanian and Afrikaans. As a qualified midwife, nurse, reflexologist and natural healthcare practitioner who began her independent practice in 1988, she has helped countless parents find responsible, natural solutions to any of their parenting concerns. Read more about Sister Lilian here.
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