Blame those pregnancy hormones! Swelling of your sinuses is a fairly common effect of pregnancy. In addition to the fact that your blood volume has increased by 40%, hormones like estrogen are also causing swelling and the production of more mucous.
Nasal Congestion Remedy - try this!
To keep your nasal passages hydrated in pregnancy, invest in some saline nose spray. Steam is a good nasal congestion remedy, so purchase a humidifier or vaporizer (you’re baby is going to need one anyway). Try a cool mist humidifier. The cool mist, rather than hot, means that your baby will not get burned when it is used in his room. Also, the air cleaning filer is a plus!
You can also place a towel over your head and lean over a bowl of steaming hot water for a few minutes Be careful with dizziness. Another nasal congestion remedy in pregnancy is Breathe Right Nasal Strips purchased at your local pharmacy. This will help you to breathe easier and rest better.
If you feel that your nasal congestion is caused by allergies or a cold that won’t go away, talk to your doctor about what over the counter medications you can take. Otherwise, this is one of the many possible effects of pregnancy. Unfortunately for all of us, the only cure is delivery.
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