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Nosebleeds during pregnancy

Nosebleeds during pregnancy are common but they’re not usually serious. Find out more about treatment and prevention of nosebleeds.

Having nosebleeds during pregnancy isn’t unusual or something to be worried about. Some women get more nosebleeds when pregnant because pregnancy hormones cause body tissue relaxation - these tissues include those in your nose. 

To stop a nosebleed pinch your nostrils under the bridge of your nose and lean forwards (not backwards).

Dryness in your nose can also contribute to getting nosebleeds, so it’s a good idea to drink more fluids. You could even try dabbing a bit of petroleum jelly in each nostril. Using a humidifier inside your house is also an effective way of avoiding dryness.

Further information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all aspects of being pregnant, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

NHS choices offers information about nosebleeds when you are pregnant and advice on treating a nosebleed