Nosebleeds are quite common in pregnancy. Although a nosebleed seems frightening, there is nothing to worry about as long as you do not lose substantial blood. Nosebleeds can be mostly treated at home.
What is happening?
During a nosebleed, blood comes out from one or both nostrils. This can last from a few seconds to over 10 minutes. When lying down, you might feel liquid in the back of your throat before blood flows out of your nose.
Stopping a nosebleed
Given below are some ways to stop a nosebleed:
- Sit down and firmly pinch the soft part of your nose, just above your nostrils, for 10-15 minutes without releasing the pressure.
- Lean forward and breathe through your mouth to drain the blood down your nose instead of down the back of your throat which could block the windpipe.
- Instead of lying down, sit or stand upright, as it decreases the blood pressure in the nose veins and will discourage further bleeding.
- Place a covered ice pack, or a packet of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel, on your nose bridge.
If the bleeding does not stop, seek medical advice. Moreover, avoid blowing your nose, bending down, and performing strenuous activities for at least 12 hours after a nosebleed.
In case you are worried about your nosebleeds, please consider talking to your doctor.
Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat, MD. (30 June 2020)