What are the causes of sneezing during pregnancy?
This congestion can last for 6 weeks or longer during pregnancy and can cause many symptoms, including increased sneezing.
During pregnancy, blood flow to the mucous membranes increases. The nose is full of mucous membranes. The extra blood flow causes the nasal passages to swell, which leads to extra watery discharge and congestion.
Sneezing is as common during pregnancy as it is during other times. Continuous sneezing can be tiresome but it doesn’t harm the mother or the baby. There could be various causes for sneezing.
While there is nothing to worry about it, you would want to know the reason for sneezing during pregnancy, its effects on the mother and the baby, and the ways to deal with it.
Low immunity: Pregnancy weakens your immunity and makes the body sensitive to allergies such as:
Indoor allergies caused due to dust or pet dander (microscopic skin-shed of animals with fur and feather).
Seasonal allergies caused due to pollen and hay. It is a general cause of asthma and aggravates the situation if you already have the condition.
As the immunity is compromised, it makes way for the viruses to invade your body, leading to common cold and flu.
Pregnancy rhinitis: It is nasal congestion caused without respiratory tract infection or an allergic cause. The condition, generally, disappears two weeks after delivery. A study has found that the rate of nasal congestion is 27% during the 12th week and 42% in the 36th week, indicating that nasal congestion enlarges in the third trimester.
How Do You Feel While Sneezing?
Sneezing can lead to the tightening of the round ligament, which supports the uterus. The tightening can result in sharp, radiating pain in the lower belly. However, it is not harmful in any way. The round ligament looks like a band of connective tissues. It connects the groin to the front of the uterus thereby supporting the uterus.
Does Sneezing Affect The Pregnant Mother And Her Baby?
Sneezing, as mentioned earlier, is an inflammation of the nasal passage or throat that doesn’t pose any risk to the baby or the mother. However, asthma or the congestion of nasal passage can reason breathing difficulty in the mother, and compromise oxygen supply to the fetus. If you are feeling breathless due to sneezing for a long time, talk to your doctor.
Urine Leakage Due To Sneezing During Pregnancy
Urinary incontinence or urine leakage is general during pregnancy. The hormonal changes and the pressure exerted by the uterus on the bladder reason the urethra to relax involuntarily. It results in urine leakage while sneezing.