by Pregnancy.org Staff
Sniffles, snorts, sneezes, stuffiness and snot. Do you feel like you have a rotten cold? Many pregnant women suffer from congestion, coughing and a runny nose. These symptoms occur so often they've earned their own name, pregnancy rhinitis!
When there are greater amounts of estrogen and progesterone in your system, it can cause congestion and swelling inside your nose. If you're over producing these hormones, sometimes the condition can prevent you from breathing through your nose! Estrogen affects mucus production, causing it to become thick or very thin. Women taking birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy experience rhinitis, too.
Pregnancy rhinitis is most common in your first trimester but can appear any time during pregnancy. Symptoms include:
The membranes in your nose swell and/or become irritated, causing itching, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes. Oh, and did I mention not being able to breathe? I actually cried yesterday out of frustration. Not being able to breathe can make you go crazy after a while, you know? ~Elisa aka efab
Sinus infections differ from rhinitis. Headaches, neck aches, facial pain, fevers, pressure worse on one side than other and thick, bad-smelling drainage are signs of a sinus infections. If you're experiencing these, call your provider as soon as you're able. You may need an antibiotic which requires a visit.
My nose is always a million times worse when I'm pregnant. I have a constantly stuffy nose when I'm not pregnant, but it's double right now! ~Karina aka allie01979
Birth that baby! We recommend sometime after 39 weeks! Your hormones rapidly level out and you'll notice improvement in a couple days. Rhinitis will be a dim memory in three to four weeks.