Nosebleeds are common during pregnancy, particularly during the winter months. Since ordinarily they are brief, they rarely present a serious problem. Usually they result from a drying and crusting of the membrane lining the nasal cavity, a membrane which temporarily has a greatly increased blood supply. If you have nosebleeds, lubricate the nasal cavity by instilling night and morning a few drops of a .25-per-cent solution of menthol in white oil, with an eyedropper, in both nostrils. Then tip your head back so the medicine runs into your throat, and spit it out. Almost certainly this will stop the nosebleeds; if not, notify your doctor.
Frequently throughout pregnancy the pregnant woman feels as though her nose is swollen by a perpetual cold which interferes with breathing. Doctors have a specific name for it, allergic rhinitis of pregnancy, but they do not have an equally specific cure. Vasoconstrictor nose drops such as Neosyne-phrine or Privine, sprays, and inhalers produce temporary relief but should be used seldom and sparingly; their excessive use succeeds in making the condition worse. As with almost all the evils mentioned in this article, there is a cheerful addendum: allergic rhinitis clears up with delivery.