Week 15 (running nose vs no running at all)

Like magic, I was reading the details of common Week 15 body changes, and it was happening as I was reading. I have been suffering from “runny-nose” syndrome but I wasn’t sick. You know, where you just constantly feel like you have to blow your nose, but it’s just mucus, not boogers? Oh come on…if you’re pregnant or a mother, that shouldn’t be gross to you. Well that’s what I was experiencing. Come to find out, this has a name: rhinitis of pregnancy.

So it read “Higher amounts of estrogen during pregnancy can contribute to swelling in the mucous membranes lining the nose and even cause you to make more mucus.”

Well it’s better than being sick, I suppose, but it’s kind of obnoxious. Blowing my nose wipes off my makeup; making it all pinkish in color unlike the fleshy tones surrounding my nostrils…girl problems.

Well, if you are suffering, BabyCenter offers some tips for relief. Here you go:

Steam can temporarily relieve congestion and it’s often very soothing. Take a warm shower and hang out for a while afterward in the steamy bathroom. Or moisten a washcloth with hot water, hold it up to your face, and breathe.

  • Try saline nose drops or a buffered saline nasal spray, available over the counter at the drugstore. Spritz or drip a bit into each nostril and within five or ten minutes you should be able to blow your nose more easily.

  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer to put more moisture into the air and keep it near your head at night. Be sure to follow the cleaning instructions that came with your humidifier. Change the water daily since it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. You’ll need to replace the filter often as well.

  • Use extra pillows to elevate your head when lying down to rest or sleep.

  • Exercise sometimes helps to ease a stuffy nose. Avoid exercising outdoors on days when there’s a lot of air pollution, which may irritate your nasal passages and make your congestion worse.

  • Avoid potential irritants, such as cigarette smoke, alcohol, paint and chemical fumes (all of which you should be avoiding anyway!), as well as anything that triggers your symptoms.

Feel better all you fellow sufferers of pregnancy rhinitis…this too shall pass…and give you something else to think about like swollen ankles, a mandatory sleeping position, and heartburn. Ha ha.

Ironically, as my nose is running…I am not. It of course suggests that you get moving while pregnant. Get moving as in get walking. I have been avoiding walking like the plague because of the cold weather (see my previous post about the crappy inversion we’re suffering from). I already have a runny nose…I don’t need pneumonia. Bryce {my husband} suggests that I get a gym membership up the road from our house just to utilize their treadmills. He’s always looking out for my well-being when I am not to avoid me regretting not doing something to keep in shape during pregnancy. He’s such a doll! It’s a pretty affordable membership with no contract, so I should probably take him up on the idea, I just hate gyms. People watching you, judging you, wondering why you’re just walking instead of actually working out, the underlying feeling of needing to justify yourself to everyone {“oh I’m just walking because I’m pregnant…yeah. I would lift those weights, but I can’t…you know the pregnancy thing…yeah”}. *sigh*…if it would just warm up…it would solve everything in the exercising department. But now I’m just repeating myself. I’ll have to weigh out my options I suppose so that I’m doing something to get myself moving.

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