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Yesterday i was sitting down and all the sudden felt this gush of something out of nose.I put my hand up and there was a bunch of blood.I felt it running down my throat as well.It took about 5 minutes for it to stop.Now i have had nose bleeds but nothing like that!Is that normal during pregnancy since blood flow is increased?I have notice every morning for the least few days that side has been bloody and i figured it was from running the heater.Advice?
 

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I had one like that last night. I don't know if it is normal or not, but you're not alone!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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You might want to mention it to your provider so that your blood count can be monitored. You would like to know if you are tending towards the anemic side.<br><br>
No picking or blowing your nose for a week. Try some saline nasal drops or trying to increase the humidity in your house especially your bedroom.
 

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I seem to remember reading four years ago that some people are prone to nosebleeds during pregnancy. I never did... but dh has them when I'm pregnant. :LOL I wouldn't worry too much.
 

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It is probably partly due to increased blood and partly due to winter dryness. Get yourself a humidifier for the bedroom. If you can with your heater, just put a pan of water on it. Or get one of the electric ones, simple models run under $10.
 

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I get one every few days....strange. I have with every pregancy. It is also part to the fact that all the mucus membranes in your body change during pregnancy for labor.
 

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I had nose bleeds frequently during my first pregnancy. The second time, none. It is from the increased blood volume in your body. Fun!
 

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Ok, I am going to be the scare monger here. How are your blood pressures? Do you have pain in your right side under hte ribs? Do you gums bleed excessively? 2 days before I was admitted and had an emergency C-Section, I had 3 nosebleeds and bleeding gums due to a low platelet count as a complication of pre-eclampsia. I am not trying to terrify you, but I was blissfully unaware of the symptoms of a disease that almost took my life and did take my daughter's.<br>
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It is true that high blood pressure/low platelets can cause nosebleeds. This is the rarer, but much more serious, cause of them.<br><br>
Mostly they are caused by a combination of things. Hormones in your body cause your mucus membranes to be drier, and more irritates. Your blood volume increases and stresses some vessels (I had the lovely experience of having the esophageal equivalent of a nosebleed--I started coughing up bright red blood one evening. By the time that I got to the doctor, it had pretty much stopped. Now I am a nurse, and know the reason behind it, but at the time I was totally freaked out and no one was very reassuring). The heater kicks on and dries the air even more.<br><br>
If you are feeling fine otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it. If you are feeling a bit crummy, or are having head aches, swelling and/or abdominal pain, you should be getting in contact with your practitioner right away (which, if you experiece those, you should be getting in contact with your practitioner whether you have nosebleeds or not!). But, it *is* very common to have nosebleeds during pregnancy that are not symptomatic of anything other that dry mucous membranes.<br><br>
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I have been worried about my blood pressure but i take it daily and it is always on the low side.It was 96/75 yesterday.But yes those stories are necessary and that is why i posted to make sure it was something serious.
 

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Are you having any other symptoms? Bp can sometimes be the very last symptom to appear. I agree that a more common cause is pregnancy hormones and the dryness of winter, but that is what everyone told me when I had my nosebleeds. Nobody even mentioned the possibility that it could be something more serious.<br><br>
If you are not feeling well, have inexplicable pain in your right side, headache that will not go away, distorted vision, swelling of your face, vomiting and or shoulder and back pain on the right hand side, call your doctor.<br><br>
If all you have is nosebleeds without any other symptoms, then it probably is the normal cause of nosebleeds in pregnancy. I just wanted to make you aware that nosebleeds can be a symptom of something more serious. I had no idea when I was pregnant.<br><br>
I wish you well and an uneventful pregnancy and peaceful spiritual birth.<br>
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Hey, I had nosebleeds in early pregnancy, but didn't worry cause I had lots when I was a kid. If it was a BP thing, it doesn't usually show up till late pregnancy after 30 weeks. I just took extra Vit C in pregnancy to make capilarry beds stronger. But then at 31 weeks had preterm labor. Went to an Chinese Doctor and she said they happen due to a heat disoder, too much heat and it all goes to your head. From a chinese medicine perspective, heat disorders are also related to headaches, heartburn, preterm labor, High BP/PIH later in preg, and bleeding after birth. I loved having a sensible whole body explaination. It really made sense to me. I have really been living on turb/overdrive, and slowing down and cooling down feels like the right thing to do. Her treatments are really helping with lots of things. She has me on cooling herbs and accupuncture. It cooled out my preterm labor, and helps with the heart burn. She said eraly on the heat was trying to rise up and out, now in late pregnancy it was trying to go down and out, and with it, the baby....<br>
Just some thoughts, Heidi, a homebirth midwife
 

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That is what I was going to suggest.
 
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