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Nose bleeds during pregnancy are common and harmless. These occur due to changes that occur in your body during pregnancy. The blood vessels in body expand and volume of blood pumping through the body also expands during pregnancy. This can increase the pressure in the blood vessels, and the nose vessels being very delicate can rupture causing the nose bleeds. If you have cold, allergies, sinus infection, or have rough blowing of nose is doe, then the frequency might increase.
When the nose bleed starts, sit down with your head higher than the body (especially heart), and put pressure on the bleeding nostril for 5-10 minutes. This pressure can be applied by using your thumb and index finger to pinch your nose and exert pressure towards the face. Do not leave or lighten the pressure even for a second during these 5-10 minutes, as it can hamper the coagulation process and lead to rebleeding (making your efforts go in vain). You can also try with applying ice or frozen peas over nose as it will constrict the blood vessels and aid in stopping the bleeding. Do not lie down or tilt your head back, as the blood will go into oropharynx making you swallow it which can lead to nausea and vomiting. If the bleeding does not stop within 20 minutes of applying ice, pressure or cold compresses, then continue for another 10 minutes, or visit the ER immediately.
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