Nosebleeds during Pregnancy

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, you and #baby are likely safe and healthy. 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 on your nose bridge

The bleeding won’t stop
If the bleeding does not stop, avoid blowing your nose, bending down, and performing a strenuous activity for at least 12 hours after a nosebleed. 

If it’s not getting better fast, or in case you are worried about your nosebleeds, talk to your doctor.


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