My last pregnancy hit me hard! The morning sickness and body aches were expected – but nothing surprised me more than how much my nose grew! I had no idea you could have nose swelling during pregnancy. If you are experiencing this as well, I share below what I did to help my nose get back to normal.
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Why Does Your Nose Swell In Pregnancy?
I wouldn’t have guessed my nose would change until I noticed how “off” my face looked in the mirror halfway through my pregnancy.
We all know that swelling is a common occurrence while pregnant. This is because pregnant women have a lot more fluids and blood circulating in the body to support the growing baby.
While it is typically swollen ankles and feet that pregnant women suffer from, the increased fluid can affect the whole body.
The extra fluid expands blood vessels in the nose which can cause it to be swollen as well as stuffy.
When Does Pregnancy Nose Start?
If you are wondering what month does your nose get bigger during pregnancy, it is typically in the third trimester. This makes sense because it coincides with when significant swelling in the legs, ankles, and face appears too.
At this time, blood volume reaches its peak, which translates into a swollen appearance while pregnant.
How Do You Get Rid Of Swollen Nose During Pregnancy?
Here is where I can help! I used all these tips to help reduce swelling in my face during pregnancy. They should work all around the body, and can get you feeling back to your regular self (as much as you can during the third trimester, anyway!)
Do these things to help reduce a swollen nose while pregnant:
1. Facial Tools
The circulatory system is under a lot of stress while pregnant – help give it a boost by using these tools. Adding them to your pregnancy skincare routine can also help reduce acne. As a bonus, it is a relaxing and spa like treatment to do on yourself!
I used a gua sha, and kept it in the shower to use after washing my face. Water + face wash is really all you need to create the slip to glide the tool over the skin. This way, I did it almost every day and didn’t forget. By routinely doing this in the shower I helped control the swollen look of my nose.
How To Use A Facial Tool for Swollen Nose:
- Use the tool normally, and when you get to the middle of the face, include the nose.
- Place the gua sha at a flat angle in the middle of the bridge of your nose.
- Sweep it either left or right down the side of the nose and up the cheekbone, while using gentle pressure.
- When you get to the side of the face make sure to bring it all down towards the heart to get that extra fluid out of the face.
This is also how I reduce swelling in my face during pregnancy! The gua sha also works well for the rest of the body, giving me a more sleek appearance.
2. Nose Contouring
For a sneaky and instant fix for nose swelling in pregnancy, make sure you are contouring your nose when you wear makeup! This can help you feel more confident in your skin and is super easy to accomplish.
Check out this video on my favorite way to contour my wider nose – it saved me during pregnancy too!
3. Eat Less Salt + Sugar
This is obvious but important. Pregnant women already have a lot of extra fluid in their body as you know. Don’t make the situation worse by eating very salty foods. This increases swelling and it shows in the face. Your nose swelling in pregnancy can be made worse by this.
Also, eat less refined sugar! Many people don’t realize that sugar can cause puffiness in the face too by way of inflammation. Too much sugar can also age the skin, cause fine lines, acne and dullness. Just skip it!
Last, staying very hydrated can also help your skin and swelling. Drinking lots of water prevents the body from hanging on to excess fluid.
4. Exercise More
Of course, exercising goes hand in hand with eating well for the sake of your health and your baby’s. But exercising and staying active can do a lot in managing swelling! It is recommended to walk and exercise to reduce puffiness.
Just like with a facial roller or gua sha, walking/exercising helps the circulatory system by moving the stagnant lymphatic fluid back to the heart.
When Does Pregnancy Nose Swelling Go Away?
Wondering when your post-pregnancy nose will return?
When I reached about a month postpartum and have noticed the swelling had gone way down! My body swelling is also back to normal. I believe that the nose swelling goes away fast once you aren’t pregnant anymore.
Still, I would give it at least a month or two to see results, since everyone is different! Making sure you continue these tips after pregnancy as well will help get things back to normal faster.
I hope these solutions work for you to get yourself feeling confident again!
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