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November 18, 2009

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Neti Pots and Nose Bleeds

Have you heard of pregnancy rhinitis? You can read all about it here, but basically it’s that stuffed up, congested feeling that commonly plagues pregnant women starting in the 2nd trimester.


I’ve never suffered from any sort of sinus problems or nasal congestion before, so I was quite surprised when–like clockwork–soon after my 2nd trimester started, I became a stuffed up mess. The breathing was really only a problem when I’m trying to sleep, so I started wearing b.reathe right strips which have been lifesaver, because it’s hard enough just getting comfortable to sleep as you get bigger and bigger.

And then…about a month ago….I started getting nosebleeds. Again, I’d heard about this, but didn’t think it would happen to me! Boy, there is nothing like waking up to a face full of blood covering your pillow and sheets to quickly realize it CAN happen to you and it IS.
My nosebleeds were mostly in the morning right as I woke up, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t come unexpectedly during the afternoon or even while I was showering (it looked like I’d killed someone in there when I blew my nose and sprayed blood all over the walls. Lovely. Hygienic, too!)
I didn’t know what to do, so I mostly just walked around with a wad of tissue shoved up my left nostril. Oh yeah…always the left, never the right?!

I finally decided I needed to invest in a cool mist humidifier. We were going to get one for the babies anyway, so might as well do it now. So here I am at C.VS and what do I see? A neti pot!
I can’t believe these things are being sold at places like CV.S now. We’ve come a long way since I thought they were only sold at ‘hippy like type’ places.
But what really caught my eye was the claim on the packaging that it helped with rhinitis of pregnancy. Hmmm….couldn’t hurt to try it, could it?

Here I am, two weeks later, using the neti pot every night and guess what? Not a single nosebleed!! Going from a nosebleed a day to zero is AMAZING!
It’s also helped with some congestion, although not enough to ditch the nose strips at night.
And another bonus is that I’ve heard it can help keeping away the flu as you are flushing out tiny invaders every night!
$7.00 was money well spent.