Sinus congestion during pregnancy is extremely common. Nearly 1/3 of all pregnancies are affected by sinus congestion without any link to nasal allergies or other infections. Some researchers believe this congestion of the nasal membranes is related to the increase in estrogen and blood flow.
Why Am I So Congested?
Estrogen is one of the hormones of life during pregnancy. This does not mean there are no negative side effects of running the body on a huge tank of estrogen without a regulator. The nasal membranes swell when a large amount of estrogen is in the body. These estrogen levels are determined by the female reproductive system and thus the treatment will be reactive instead of proactive.
Blood volume is another reason for sinus congestion during pregnancy. There are many tiny blood vessels in the nose. With blood volumes increasing up to 40%, the nose will have more than its share of blood. In addition to the swelling and sinus congestion felt during pregnancy, there could be an increase in nosebleeds especially in women who have frequent nosebleeds before they are pregnant.
Sinus congestion can be treated during pregnancy, but women should not expect a complete recovery until after the baby is born. Treatments to relieve the symptoms include:
There is a list of medications that can be taken by pregnant women. This medication list will differ from doctor to doctor, so the pregnant women will need to see her obstetrician for more information. The list will often include various treatments for symptoms associated with pregnancy and common illnesses. This list will contain the only medications approved for use in pregnant women because they either do not harm the fetus or they do not cross the fetal wall.