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Doctor insights on: Why Do Some Womens Noses Spread During Pregnancy

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Does your nose spread during early pregnancy?

Does your nose spread during early pregnancy?

Nasal spreading: This term is most commonly used when a woman is pregnant, and the nose swells, giving it a wider, or "spreading" appearance. This typically improves shortly after delivery. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What can I take for a cold and runny nose during pregnancy?

What can I take for a cold and runny nose during pregnancy?

Cold in pregnancy: Whether you are pregnant or not, there is no specific treatment for a common cold. The best you can do is symptomatic relief and minimize the duration of symptoms. Antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin are mostly category b, but decongestants such as sudafed and cough medicines such as Robitussin or Mucinex are mostly category c. Avoid category c. Try saline nasal rinsing, rest and fluids. ...Read more

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What OTC medications or remedies are safe to use for a runny nose during pregnancy?

What OTC medications or remedies are safe to use for a runny nose during pregnancy?

Only a few.: For allergic rhinitis Nasalcrom or other products containig Cromolyn Sodium (sodium chromoglycate) are same but you have to use then 4 times a day. Nasal sinus rinse will help remove irritants, allergens or obstructing mucus nasal decongestant sprays can be used if totally obstructed but you run the risk of worse rebound congestion. Do not use more than 3 days. ...Read more

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Can I take any cold meds during pregnancy I know there is no cure for common cold but I am always sneezing and nose is constantly running and I'm raw?

Can I take any cold meds during pregnancy I know there is no cure for common cold but I am always sneezing and nose is constantly running and I'm raw?

Yes: I give a list of medications that are safe to take during pregnancy for a variety of conditions. In general, it is relatively safe to use pseudophed, tylenol (acetaminophen) cold, benedry, afrin or neosynephrine nasal spray and plain robitussin. However, not knowing your other health problems this is just a general list. ...Read more

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Never had allergies, I am now in second trimester with a stuffy nose, sometimes itchy eye and sneezy but no other symptoms. Could I have developed allergies. If so is this only during pregnancy?

Never had allergies, I am now in second trimester with a stuffy nose, sometimes itchy eye and sneezy but no other symptoms. Could I have developed allergies. If so is this only during pregnancy?

Possibly: It might be congestion with pregnancy, or just mild viral upper respiratory infection, causing itchy eyes and sneezing, nasal congestion that occurs during pregnancy is common, and more towards the last trimester, relieved after birth, wish you a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ...Read more

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Second trimester, shortness of breath, stuffy nose, lower back pain. Are these all common during 23 weeks. Will they get worst or better for the remaining of pregnancy? How to ease them in the meantim

Second trimester, shortness of breath, stuffy nose, lower back pain. Are these all common during 23 weeks. Will they get worst or better for the remaining of pregnancy? How to ease them in the meantim

OB-GYN exam: Please consult your OB-GYN since you have multiple symptoms and no- these are not all normal except for the lower back pain which is common. Most OB-GYN physician recommend little or no mediciation: call for advice. ...Read more

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Can reduction of fractured nose be done or not in pregnancy?

Can reduction of fractured nose be done or not in pregnancy?

Depends: Any procedures undertaken on a pregnant woman are done after a careful weighing of the risks versus the benefits. Often a minor procedure can be done, with the input of your obstetrician, without any significant risk to the fetus. But sometimes not. And a fractured nose can usually wait to be fixed after the pregnancy, even though the doctor will have to re-break the bones while you're asleep. ...Read more

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Can nose bleeds be a sign of pregnancy?

No: Pregnancy increases the blood supply to mucus membranes in your mouth, nose and vagina. Nose bleeds and bleeding gums are common in pregnancy but they are not signs of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are an itchy nose and throat pregnancy symptoms?

Are an itchy nose and throat pregnancy symptoms?

Although congestion: Can occur in early pregnancy, they are not diagnostic of pregnancy. If you miss your period please take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Why have i been getting lots of bloody mucus in my nose since the beginning of my pregnancy?

Why have i been getting lots of bloody mucus in my nose since the beginning of my pregnancy?

Pregnant ; nasal: It is not uncommon to experience stuffy or congested nose during pregnancy. It may be that some excess mucus produced is crusting up and when you blow your nose, you get a bit of blood mixing in with the mucus. With the permission of your ob, try saline nasal spay or rinse to see if this reduces or resolves this issue. ...Read more

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How to clear up a stuffy nose in pregnancy--saline drops?

Yes: Saline drops/gel the safest way to treat congestion when pregnant. Decongestants like sudafed or phenylephrine are pregnancy category c which advises weighing risk of fetal injury (animal studies only) against benefit to mother. Vaporizer can moisten dry air & loosen mucus for easier removal. ...Read more

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I'm in my seventh month of pregnancy and I had many times of bleeding from my nose is that bad thing for me or my baby? And I have allergy

I'm in my seventh month of pregnancy and I had many times of bleeding from my nose is that bad thing for me or my baby? And I have allergy

Nose bleeds: Nose bleeds are fairly common during pregnancy and most of the time are not concerning, assuming you have no issues with clotting. If you have a nose bleed that does not stop with compression, contact your provider. ...Read more

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I have had a stuffy nose throughout my pregnancy (now 30 weeks). Could my sniffling impact my baby's health?

I have had a stuffy nose throughout my pregnancy (now 30 weeks). Could my sniffling impact my baby's health?

Unlikely: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to nasal congestion in some women. It is unlikely to cause harm to your baby as you can always breath thru your mouth. Nasal steroid spray can help, see an ENT doctor if you are bothered by the nasal congestion. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant with asthma and my nose is always stopped up (even b/4 pregnancy). I want to buy a humidifier but what kind?

I'm pregnant with asthma and my nose is always stopped up (even b/4 pregnancy). I want to buy a humidifier but what kind?

Save your money: Humidifiers may provide some relief but they also encourage dust mite growth so if you are allergic then this is not a durable solution. Most women don't want to take any medicine during the 1st trimester. Nasal saline is safest but some prescription nasal sprays are not so bad. It is imperative that your asthma is well controlled. Risking Fetal hypoxia is far more dangerous than asthma meds ...Read more

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My cervix felt like the tip of my nose and was low, I have many symptoms of pregnancy, but had 2 hpt neg. What's going on?

My cervix felt like the tip of my nose and was low, I have many symptoms of pregnancy, but had 2 hpt neg. What's going on?

Probably normal: The cervix has been described as feeling as the tip of a nose, which I think is fairly apt. In women who have had vaginally delivered babies, the cervix is usually lower than it was previously. A low cervix is not an indication of pregnancy however. ...Read more