Nosebleeds during pregnancy may be caused by increased blood flow to
the tissue lining the inside of the nasal passages (mucous membranes).
To prevent nosebleeds
Avoid using nonprescription nasal decongestants,
such as allergy pills or sprays. If you have serious allergy problems, talk to
Use a humidifier in your house or office
and in your bedroom at night.
If you have to blow your nose, gently
blow one nostril at a time.
Put a thin layer of a saline- or water-based nasal gel, such as NasoGel, inside your nose.
To stop nosebleeds
Sit up straight, and tip your head slightly
forward. Do not tilt your head backward—this will cause the blood to drip down
the back of your throat.
Pinch the nostrils tightly shut between
your thumb and forefinger for 10 full minutes without stopping.
your nose is still bleeding after 10 minutes, hold the nostrils shut for
another 10 minutes. Most nosebleeds will stop after 10 to 30 minutes of
Avoid blowing your nose for at least 12 hours after a
Increased blood flow to the mucous membranes of the mouth and gums
during pregnancy may also cause bleeding, especially when you brush your teeth.
Your gums may appear more swollen than usual. Try using a soft-bristled
Regular visits to your dentist during pregnancy are important to
prevent problems. Inform your dentist of your pregnancy. Some dental work
(usually any dental procedures requiring anesthesia or X-rays) may be postponed
until after you deliver.
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