What is Pregnancy Rhinitis?

What is Pregnancy Rhinitis?

Pregnancy Rhinitis Tips
When a woman is pregnant, she has enough to contend with and worry about. Unfortunately, pregnancy does not come without its fair share of unwanted side effects. During pregnancy, many realize that they are continually experiencing the symptoms of a sinus infection. Their nose won’t stop running, or they are experiencing congestion, on top of the coughing and sneezing. For some, this uncomfortable condition can even include nosebleeds or nasal itching.

If you are pregnant and you have been experiencing sinus problems, know that you are not alone. A common ailment of pregnancy (along with morning sickness and backaches), pregnancy rhinitis can cause a host of sinus problems that can make you feel miserable. Especially when you place pregnancy rhinitis on top of all of the other unpleasant experiences of being pregnant. Experiencing constant sinus issues can easily affect your quality of sleep, and negatively impact your quality of life.

Pregnancy Rhinitis Tips

Pregnancy rhinitis commonly occurs during the first trimester, and typically lasts roughly six weeks. Pregnancy rhinitis occurs to a change in estrogen levels, which often leads to increased mucus production and either thin or thick mucus. Sinus pressure and pain usually occurs when the mucus is thick, and if thin, your nose will become a “faucet.” While you often have to wait out pregnancy rhinitis and its undesirable symptoms, these helpful pregnancy rhinitis tips can help you stay comfortable in the meantime.

• Exercise
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Elevate your head when you lie down
• Steam therapy
• Avoid environmental irritants
• Add humidity to your home

Typically, pregnancy rhinitis clears up on its own. However, a bout of pregnancy rhinitis that lingers way past it’s welcome could be an indicator of sinusitis or bacterial infection. If this is the case, antibiotics may be required, so make sure you contact your doctor as soon as possible.

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