Pregnancy can bring about a barrage of changes, experiences and symptoms. For many expectant mothers, nosebleeds can be one of those things. It is not often brought up with the subject of pregnancy, but it can certainly happen. Nosebleeds are not normally dangerous, but they can make a new mom nervous; at the very least, it is an unpleasant side effect. The instance where a woman may need to seek medical attention is if the bleeding does not stop within half an hour. However, for the most part, this is nothing serious or something to be nervous about, and there are things that can be done to lessen the occurrences.

So, why are nosebleeds common during pregnancy? Basically, there is an increased amount of blood in the body to compensate for the need to nourish enlarged organs and a new baby. However, with the extra blood comes added pressure on the vesicular walls. Especially for finer, smaller vessels, this can cause damage or rupture, which in turn can lead to a nose bleed. The good news is that there are simple things that can be done to keep this from happening.

It is always a good idea to keep hydrated, and this is especially true while pregnant. Increasing water intake helps keep delicate membranes well hydrated and aid in preventing nosebleeds. It also helps to dab some lotion or petroleum jelly on to the nostrils. This, in addition to increased water intake, goes a long way to keeping the area in and around the nose protected and well hydrated.

Pregnancy is a wonderful and beautiful time in a woman’s life, and there are going to be unexpected surprises along the way, some good and some not so pleasant. In the case of nosebleeds, there are ways to help prevent them and remove at least one unpleasantry from that list.