Under normal circumstances, glands in the nose and the throat routinely produce one to two quarts of mucus per day. This mucus functions to moisten and clean the nasal membranes, humidifies air and traps and clears inhaled foreign particles. It is however excess mucus that can pose a problem as it can accumulate and cause a backward flow of mucus down the throat. Pregnant women are more susceptible to developing post nasal drip as a result of hormone fluctuations and will usually experience an uncomfortable condition of severe nasal congestion and rhinitis which can occur anytime during pregnancy and can last for the entire pregnancy.
During the first trimester, women experience hormonal changes that can cause swelling of the linings of the nose. This can result in congestion that may lead to complete nasal obstruction in severe cases.
The symptoms may differ from one pregnant woman to another. Some may experience sneezing, coughing, a runny nose (Rhinorrhea), facial pressure and headaches. Treatment of post nasal drip during pregnancy will depend on the severity of the above mentioned symptoms, as any use of medication for treatment during pregnancy should be well researched and where necessary, advised by a Physician.
Alternatively, in order to reduce the swelling of the linings of the nose a saline nasal rinse can be performed using salt water to rinse the nose; this often helps pregnant women maintain open nasal airways.
A steamy shower room can help relieve congestion as the expectant mother feels the effects of steam inhalation; just ensure the water is not hot as it can burn the skin and at times steam may cause shortness of breath.
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