I’ve had a lot of them recently. Those emergency tissue situations. And since it’s warm now and I don’t have a constant runny nose like I did in January, I have been completely unprepared almost every time.
And I’m not just talking snot. No, I have the pleasure of dealing with a strange pregnancy affliction: Bloody Noses.
This is not a new problem for me. As a tween/teen I remember getting them regularly until I actually had to have a vein cauterized inside my nose. Maybe I have weird nose veins. Who knows. It is also something I struggled with in the first trimester of both of my pregnancies. Not major bleeding, but just often enough to be annoying, and to catch me off guard in public places with no tissue available.
The last few weeks, they seem to have started up again. This week alone I’ve had 3. And it’s Thursday. Yesterday I was getting Owen out of his carseat to drop him off at school and without any notice, blood poured out of my nose, narrowly missing my white pants. (One of the only 2 pairs of work-appropriate pants that still fit… so that would have been a real disaster). I walked him into school clutching my nose, freaking out his teacher and searching for a tissue before the blood made an even bigger mess. Gross. A few days ago we were out for a walk around the block. A street away from my house I felt the warm fluid rolling down my face and had to walk all the way home pinching my nose and encouraging Owen to ride a little faster on his scooter. On our Florida vacation we were having drinks on the patio and watching the sunset and the blood started flowing.
Thankfully I’m not really bothered by them and am very calm, so Owen hasn’t been scared. In fact, he always demands to see the blood (he also likes to watch me do my 4x/day blood sugar tests when I have to prick my finger — we’ve talked a lot about blood recently!). On our walk/scooter ride he patted me gently and said, “It’s ok, Mommy. Just blood. We’ll go right home and I’ll get you a tissue.”.
I know, I know. I need to put tissues in every pocket of every pair of pants/shorts I own. You’d think I would learn my lesson by now.
I don’t think it’s related to dry air (we have the windows open whenever possible and I don’t feel particularly dry right now), and it’s definitely not related to trauma. My midwife said it’s not an uncommon pregnancy side-effect given that pregnant women have a dramatic increase in blood volume to provide for the baby. She checked my blood count a few weeks ago and isn’t worried about any sort of clotting disorder or blood levels being out of whack, so it seems like something I’m just going to have to deal with.
But 3-4 more weeks of dealing with spontaneous bloody noses doesn’t sound like fun. Anyone else dealt with this strange symptom during their pregnancy? Or do I just have a weird body?