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Beat pregnancy snuffles

A snuffly, blocked nose can plague you through pregnancy – try these natural ways to ease the problem.

Posted: 22 October 2008
by Laura Lee Davies

If you’re between 16 and 20 weeks pregnant and you’ve just started to feel like you’re constantly snuffling or have a dry nose, don’t worry, you’re not coming down with a cold – it’s part of pregnancy!
The increase in the flow of blood to all parts of your body will affect the mucous membranes in your nose, too, which leaves you with a dry, snuffly nose.

Get out the garlic
Garlic, as well as being generally great for your blood system and a naturally cleansing food, is a great decongestant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Unless you find garlic makes you feel nauseous now you're pregnant, try to make sure you throw some in a sauce or use it raw in your salad dressings.

Clean out your pipes
Try a steam inhalation with a natural decongestant like camomile or eucalyptus.
Be careful to choose the right oils to add to the water as some essential oils can be dangerous during pregnancy. However, a good chemist who stocks essentials oils will be able to advise you so long as you tell him or her that you are expecting.

Reduce your dairy
Although you don’t want to lose out on valuable sources of calcium, an excess of cheeses and other mucous-induing dairy products can exacerbate the problem of a snuffly nose. Try to cut out having too much dairy and look for other sources of calcium in your daily diet.

Make sure you keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water and that your bedroom has fresh air flowing through it at night (when it’s not too bitingly cold!), especially in the months when the central heating is on.
If you do feel the central heating is drying out the air too much for you, try leaving a bowl of water on the radiator when it’s on – this will evaporate and help keep the air in your room moist.

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hi im 32 wks pregnant and had a cold about a week ago. It went then i thought it came back again been feeling very bunged up and this time its accompanied by sharp pain above my right eye when i bend or turn my neck and also getting bit of a stiff neck and cheek pain.
I went to the doctors last night who checked my chest and took BP ( excellent ) as he said that its congestion due to pregnancy.
Apparently the body produces more blood and a hormone which makes you all congested.

This is my first pregnancy so i dont have anything to compare it against. Was just wondering if any others had heard / suffered this and perhaps could recommend something to ease it.

thankyou x

Posted: 19/04/2006 at 08:53

Hi rachael. im only 23+2 weeks pregnant and ive had a constant blocked nose since about 12 weeks, and if it isnt blocked its bleeding! although ive been abit luckier than you i haven't had much pain in my face just felt abit stuffy. I did try steam etc and it does help and have you tried propping your head up abit more at night?? sorry i can't be of anymore help to you. I hope you feel better soon. xx

Posted: 19/04/2006 at 22:04

Hi Both
Im 35 wks and I have had bouts of pains in my head and sinuses, and do still get pains in my sinus now, I think this is fairly common.

Posted: 20/04/2006 at 14:50

Hi there
Yes, 'pregnancy snufgfles' can be everything from slightly annoying to downright infuriating!
The good thing is that it's not a sign of anything worse and it's not harming the baby.
It could be that it's been aggrevated by pollen (you can find yourself being sensitive even when you don't usually get hay fever) as April brings on the first bout of bad pollen aggrevation.

Posted: 20/04/2006 at 15:03

I've attached the relevant article to this thread now.
Hope it eases a bit soon!
Let us know how you're doing. x

Posted: 20/04/2006 at 15:05

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