Along with the hope of great joy also comes great responsibility. Pregnancy is one such time where one needs to be extra positive and also extra cautious of the many aches, pains, and conditions, which may or may not arise during the course of the pregnancy. Here, we will talk about home remedies for stuffy nose during pregnancy.
Women go through a lot during this time, and one such seemingly tough condition is Pregnancy Rhinitis or ‘Pregnancy Drip,’ which can cause a lot of irritation, but there are potent home remedies for pregnancy rhinitis to counter the problem.
Many pregnant women experience a condition where they may also get a stuffy nose. Since during pregnancy, the blood circulation pattern changes and more blood begins to be supplied to the mucus membranes in the body, nose being one of them might react and cause stuffiness on one hand and drippy discharge on another.
Another cause for Rhinitis can be linked to the increased Oestrogen in the female’s body during pregnancy, which inflames the nasal passages, hence producing cold-like symptoms.
It is a common condition – 39% pregnant women suffer from this pregnancy symptom, and it can show in the second trimester of pregnancy right until the very last week of gestation.
Pregnancy Rhinitis cases are generally harmless and quite controllable and one need not take any drugs for it, but since it affects the quality of life of the mother-to-be, it needs to be handled correctly.
It is better that home remedies be employed to counter it. Here are some effective, tried-and-tested home remedies for nasal congestion during pregnancy which bring relief in case of pregnancy Rhinitis.
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Home remedies for stuffy nose during pregnancy
1. Saline water irrigation or Jal-Neti to cure rhinitis
Salty water is good for its anti-inflammation action. It can clear up your nose well and is safest when it comes to treating Rhinitis. There are no known side effects of salty water. Being so benign, it can be safely used for a pregnant woman. This can be easily done at home too.
All one needs to do is let the saline water travel from one nostril out through the other. It is a simple process and can be performed using a spray or squirt bottle or a vessel specifically designed for this practice. It is called Neti pot or Netilota.
The process effectively clears out the congested and inflamed nasal passages, soothing them and making breathing easy and comfortable for the pregnant mom.
Make the solution in sterile water rather than using common tap water to minimize the chances of infection and making it even safer for the mom-to-be.
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Here is a detailed process to carry out jal-neti:
- Boil a cup of water to make it sterile from microbes.
- Add half a teaspoon of salt to this water.
- Use a dropper or neti to slowly pour water into one nostril, in a thin stream.
- Take a very slow breath to push the water further into your nasal passage to clear maximum area up.
- The water will begin to travel outside from the other nostril.
- Once done, blow out with some force so that mucus and accumulated nasal discharge comes out and cleans up the passage.
- Repeat with the other nostril.
- This can be done daily so that the condition remains normal.
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2. Inhaling steam for stuffy nose
Steam is a very effective agent for clearing the clogged sinuses in the nasal passages. It allows for better and irritation-free breathing. A method without any side effects, steaming can be done daily.
One can use the steamer (available in pharmacies and home improvement stores) or alternatively, use a simple bowl (non-plastic) with boiling hot water, covering the head and shoulders with a thick towel (to keep the steam in) and inhale steam.
To make it even more effective, one can even put anti-congestion balms, essential oils (like peppermint, eucalyptus or lemongrass) or nasal sprays soluble in water. This can be repeated few times a day safely.
The duration of steaming should be 5 to 10 minutes. If steaming does not seem comfortable, take a hot shower or bath as it also has a similar effect.
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3. Compress for nasal congestion pregnancy
Use a warm washcloth or towel dipped and squeezed of hot water over nose are surrounding areas to relieve the pain and discomfort of Rhinitis in pregnancy. If Rhinitis is causing pain in the forehead, the cloth can be placed over the forehead too. This process can be repeated as often as required.
4. Use Ginger for allergic rhinitis treatment
Ginger is a natural medicinal plant whose rhizome is a well-known treatment to many illnesses, Rhinitis included. Discomfort in the nasal passage can be effectively treated using Ginger, and it is safe to consume even during pregnancy.
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Being a natural anti-inflammatory agent and good for immunity, Ginger should be taken in limited quantities during pregnancy (unless there has been a history of miscarriages). For rhinitis, one of the two ways of consumption can be used according to one’s comfort:
- Chew a piece of ginger sprinkled with little salt 3 or 4 times a day.
- Make an herbal tea of ginger by boiling grated ginger (1 teaspoon) in water and adding little honey and lemon juice to it. This tea is an exceptional remedy for clearing up the nose and throat.
A word of caution here; do not consume too much Ginger as it can cause vaginal bleeding in some women. Also, take ginger during mornings and in limited quantities only if it feels comfortable. You can also consult your doctor for more guidance on whether to have ginger according to your condition/body/pregnancy.
5. Drink hot soup for runny nose pregnancy
The good old remedy all our moms used works well! Thin, slightly spicy soup is very good to decongest the nasal tract and helps you sleep better. Pregnancy also causes a lot of weight gain, so night meals need to be lighter than usual so that one is comfortable during the night. A bowl of hot soup works wonders for a pregnant woman.
The only pointers to take care about for this remedy are – the soup should not be too fatty, too salty and go easy on the pepper. Add veggies to make it a fiber loaded meal. Add protein element like soya nuggets and pulses to make it wholesome and avoid drinking up too hot so that it does not lead to heartburn in the night.
Drop the plan which says “medication” for every little trouble during pregnancy because you need to be careful regarding what to put into your system during pregnancy. These simple home remedies for pregnancy rhinitis are set to ease your Rhinitis and let you enjoy your pregnancy comfortably. Have a happy time preparing for the new baby!