My last pregnancy hit me hard! The morning sickness was bad, my body constantly ached, and I gained a ton of weight – including in my face and NOSE! I honestly didn’t even know you could have nose swelling in pregnancy. If you are experiencing this as well, I share below what I did to help get my nose looking more normal.
Why Does Your Nose Swell In Pregnancy?
Does your nose swell during pregnancy? I wouldn’t have guessed it until I noticed how “off” my face looked in the mirror. It definitely happened to me.
We all know that swelling is a common occurrence during pregnancy. 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 when things start to really ramp up.
This makes sense as it coincides with when significant swelling that commonly occurs in the legs, ankles, and face goes away.
How Do You Get Rid Of Swollen Nose During Pregnancy?
Here is where I can help! I employed these tactics 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!)
1. Facial Tools
Having a face roller or gua sha on hand during pregnancy is a must. These tools are ideal to move the stagnant lymphatic fluid out of the face to help with swelling and puffiness.
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 just keep my gua sha 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 face with. This way I do it almost everyday and don’t forget. By routinely doing this in the shower I help control the swollen look of my nose.
How To Do It:
- 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.
- 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.
How can I reduce swelling in my face during pregnancy? The gua sha also works well for the rest of the face!
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 swelling.
When Does Pregnancy Nose Swelling Go Away?
Wondering when your post pregnancy nose will return?
I am currently 3 weeks postpartum and have noticed the swelling has gone away. My body swelling is also back to normal. I believe that the nose swelling goes away fast once you aren’t pregnant anymore.
I hope these solutions work for you to get yourself feeling confident again!
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