Why Do I Get Nosebleeds Now That I'm Pregnant?

I’d never had a nosebleed in my life before I got pregnant. But now I get them all the time. Why?

Although seeing blood come out of any part of your body can be downright scary during pregnancy, rest assured that nosebleeds are common for many moms-to-be.

Both your hormone levels and your blood volume are increasing, which can cause changes throughout your body — even in your nose! Your nasal mucous membranes may become swollen, dried out, and may even bleed. And you may get congested or have a runny nose, to boot.

To ease any discomfort and help keep bloody and/or runny noses at bay:

  • Use a humidifier.
  • Drink plenty of liquids every day.
  • Put a little petroleum jelly around the edges of your nostrils.
  • Use saline nose drops or spray.

If a nosebleed isn't stopping, or if you get frequent nosebleeds, let your health care provider know.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: August 2009

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