How is the pregnancy journey going?
Before I was pregnant I used to have some issues with my nose (mainly 'runny' nose) but it was not serious. Somehow I didn't so much care to treat it because it was not serious and came quite infrequently, well I attributed it to a change of environment and believed it would all be over by the time I adjusted to my new environment.
But since pregnancy, it's been a different story, my nostrils could be blocked for so long in a day and I have to struggle to open them up. I have read lots of articles online that said it was part of pregnancy because of the increased blood supply to the nostrils or the enlarged blood vessels. This was the same thing my doctor explained and she only recommended I use a saline nasal spray which I have been using. I had initially bought a nasal spray from the pharmacy and she told me it was not safe in pregnancy and also addictive. In fact, with the first one, I had issues sleeping at night for two weeks when I tried to stop it. So I am not trying that again.
But none of the things I have tried seems to give an effective relief. 5 minutes after using the saline nasal spray, the nose is stuffed again. The same happens whenever I steam my face etc. I am so tired of the discomfort and people hearing a whizzling sound when I am breathing and asking about that. Giving me different types of advice (guess my baby bump is still not so obvious so I don't want to go down the pregnancy explanation ) Someone even asked recently if I had a respiratory disease... That was very annoying.
Till now, I have never heard of stuffy nostrils being part of pregnancy issues. None of my friends and siblings had it. I haven't also seen any pregnant woman around with stuffy nostrils. The doctor was telling me some even have nose bleeding.
Do I have to continue suffering through this congested nostrils or is there any one that has experienced it or has suggestions on what can help? I would appreciate your suggestions.
I really wish it would all go and I can breathe well and comfortably again.