Some women get nosebleeds when they are pregnant. That's because there is more blood flow to the tissue inside the nose (mucous membranes) when you are pregnant.
To prevent nosebleeds
Avoid using non-prescription 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 use it 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. Tip your head slightly
forward. Don't tilt your head backward. It will cause the blood to drip down
the back of your throat.
Pinch the nostrils tightly shut between
your thumb and forefinger. Hold them shut 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
You also have more blood flow to the mucous membranes of the mouth and gums
when you are pregnant. This may also cause bleeding, especially when you brush your teeth.
Your gums may be more swollen than usual. Try using a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Regular visits to your dentist during pregnancy are important to
prevent problems. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant. Dental X-rays and local anesthesia are safe during pregnancy. So most dental work can be done while
you are pregnant. Delaying dental care can make a problem worse.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology