Sneezing – A Sign of Pregnancy
Pregnancy symptoms may vary from one woman to another. Some may experience all of the symptoms of pregnancy; some may experience none at all. Along with pregnancy are the symptoms that go with it like delayed menstrual cycle, swollen tender breasts, fatigue or tiredness, nausea, morning sickness, etc. Other than those common symptoms, another sign of pregnancy is believed to be sneezing.
The nose is one of the most important parts in our body, it is where we draw in oxygen for our lungs and draw out carbon dioxide. It does not only function as a way for proper breathing, it also helps in protecting the body from biological hazards and dangerous irritants in our environment. The inside of the nose’s nasal passages are line with mucosa, a special mucus membrane that helps to catch toxins that is breathe in through the nostrils like dust mites, pollens, viruses and bacteria. But there are also times that the mucus membrane inside the nasal are becomes irritated which causes the production of extra amount of nasal mucus that is discolored and thick which leads to nasal congestion. It can also be thin that leads to post-nasal drip and runny nose which exactly happens during the period of pregnancy rhinitis.
Sneezing is a part of the body’s defense mechanism in order to eject foreign objects blocking the nose’s passageway, a reaction from allergies or it can be also a sign of pregnancy. Too much sneezing during pregnancy is called pregnancy rhinitis. Pregnancy rhinitis occurs when the nasal passageways become inflamed and irritatedduring the course of pregnancy. It is also very similar with allergic rhinitis although pregnancy rhinitis does not appear to be caused by toxins or any allergens that are present in the environment. During these time, pregnant women experience nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing. It may last for about six weeks that can occur at any period during pregnancy but this symptom commonly appears in the first trimester. Unlike allergic rhinitis, it is not advisable for pregnant women to take medical treatment as it usually resolves in a matter of two weeks of labor and delivery. The symptoms of pregnancy rhinitis may also vary from one woman to another but the usual signs are sneezing, nasal itching, congestion and persistent coughing. They may also experience headaches that are associated with nasal congestion and discomfort during this period.
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