Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bleeding nose during pregnancy - How to reduce the need to urinate at night

Bleeding nose during pregnancy: Nose bleeds are quite common in pregnancy because of hormonal changes. They don’t usually last long but can be quite heavy. As long as you don’t lose a lot of blood, there is nothing to worry about. You may also find that your nose gets more blocked up than usual.
How to stop nose bleeding during pregnancy
Sit with your head forward.
Press the sides of your nose together between your thumb and forefinger, just below the bony part, (keep breathing from your mouth) for 10 minutes and try not to swallow the blood.
Repeat for a further 10 minutes if this is unsuccessful.
If the bleeding continues, seek medical advice.
Passing urine often during pregnancy
Needing to pass urine often may start in early pregnancy. Sometimes it continues right through pregnancy. In later pregnancy it’s the result of the baby’s head pressing on the bladder.
How to reduce the need to urinate at night    
If you find that you have to get up in the night try cutting out drinks in the late evening, but make sure you keep drinking plenty during the day.
Later in pregnancy, some women find it helps to rock backwards and forwards while they are on the toilet. This lessens the pressure of the uterus on the bladder so that you can empty it properly. Then you may not need to pass water again quite so soon.
Urine infection with blood symptoms      
If you have any pain while passing water or you pass any blood, you may have a urine infection, which will need treatment. Drink plenty of water to dilute your urine and reduce pain. You should contact your GP within 24 hours.
The growing baby will increase pressure on your bladder. If you find this a problem, you can improve the situation by doing exercises to tone up your pelvic floor muscles.
Ask a midwife or obstetric physiotherapist for advice.

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