A nosebleed can indicate a lot of things, from excessive nose picking to nasal dryness. It could also be an early sign of pregnancy, although it’s rarely the most obvious one and it’s usually nothing to worry about.
Are Nosebleeds a Sign of Pregnancy?
Nosebleeds are actually quite common in pregnancy. One in five pregnant women will experience at least one nosebleed as the blood volume increases, the blood vessels dilate, and ruptures become more common.
You may also experience something known as a pyogenic granuloma or “pregnancy tumor”, which is triggered by hormonal changes and can form in the nose. This happens in around 5% of pregnant women and while the tumors usually disappear after the baby is born, they can also be surgically removed if they are causing problems.
Nosebleeds can be a sign of pregnancy, therefore, but they’re definitely not the only one, nor are they the most common (and we’re not just talking about the extended stomach and additional human).
The earliest signs include a missed period and morning sickness.
If you’re suffering from nosebleeds and are not showing any other signs, your nosebleeds may be caused by anything from medications to dry nasal passages.
How to Stop a Nosebleed While Pregnant
The majority of nosebleeds are harmless, but they are also messy and annoying, so try the following methods to stop the bleeding and remedy the issue:
- Use Nampons: These handy little pads help to limit blood loss, eliminate mess, and promote clotting. If you suffer from regular nosebleeds it helps to have a box of Nampons to hand at all times.
- Lean Forward: Lean forward and breathe through your mouth. This helps to drain the blood through your nose and prevents it from pooling at the back of your throat.
- Sit and Pinch: Sit down, gently pinch your nose just above the nostrils, and hold that pressure for at least 10 minutes.
- Don’t Lie Down: Sitting or standing helps to reduce pressure and limit bleeding.
- Don’t Blow: Avoid blowing your nose during or shortly after a nosebleed. You should also refrain from performing any strenuous activity in the first 12 hours following a nosebleed.
Regular Nosebleeds While Pregnant
If you’re suffering from regular nosebleeds, it’s worth getting yourself checked over by a medical professional, especially if they come out of the blue.
Generally, however, there’s nothing to worry about unless there is no direct and obvious cause and the bleed continues for over 15 minutes.