When you become pregnant you suffer from various health problems such as morning sickness, headaches, weight gain, and hair fall. Stuffy nose is also very common during pregnancy. On one hand you are very excited regarding your pregnancy and your baby but on the other hand you are troubled with some health problems.
These problems are nothing in comparison to what you are going to get after your delivery. However, you can fight these small problems by following a few tips. Given below are some tips to combat stuffy nose during pregnancy.
Stuffy nose generally starts from the second month of your pregnancy. It depends upon individuals how long it would stay. Some women get relief soon but some suffer from it till their delivery.
Some even suffer from it after their delivery. However there is nothing to worry about it. But like general people if you catch viral cold then the matter is different and you should consider it cold and flu and take treatment accordingly.
Stuffy nose during pregnancy is not a serious disease. It actually occurs due to hormonal changes in your body (which takes place during pregnancy). Female hormone estrogen increases during pregnancy due to which the mucus lining of the nose get inflamed.
Inflammation causes blockage which results in stuffy nose. Also during pregnancy your body produces more mucus than general days which results in stuffy nose.
Avoid hard medicines to avoid any side effect to your unborn child. Breathe in eucalyptus oil by using vaporizer. This will give you relief from congestion. Boil ginger in water and gargle with warm water mixed with a pinch of salt in it.
You can do it twice or thrice a day if the problem is more. Otherwise gargle before going to bed at night so that you can get good sleep because gargle clears congestion.
Stuffy nose worsens at night so you need to take care more while sleeping. Try to keep you head elevated while sleeping. If you are unable to sleep due to nasal blockage you can use some safe nasal drops. Saline nasal drops are considered safe. Some sprays may also work but consult your doctor regarding it. When you get up in the morning you should take hot shower bath. Above all, keep yourself away from allergens like dust, smoke etc.