Your ears your nose and your throat in pregnancy, why they change too

When you are pregnant every part of your body is dramatically effected by the physical changes that accommodate the developing baby. The uterus grows from 70 grams to 1000 grams, most women gain  at least a couple of stone, and your skin starts taking on pigments that may never fade! But what may seem minor, but often isn't,  is the runny nose and altered hearing women report. The changes in theear, nose and throat are primarily due to changes in the circulatory system,some presumed increased susceptibility to viral infections, as well as somepressure changes from the bulk pressure of the growing uterus. This can rangefrom the  very minor changes noted to increased reports of  tinnitus, facialpalsies, and deafness that should be self limiting to pregnancy. As the levelsof estrogen and progesterone rise without enough corresponding change incortisol levels or immune enhancement there may also be heightened sensitivityto allergens may influence the engorgement of the nasal mucosa,  which canin term cause epistaxis and rhinitis. Most treatment regimens of thesecomplaints do not differ from the treatment of these conditions in thenon-pregnant state other than being aware of the effects of any selectedmedication on the fetus, as most advice relies on case reports or reports ofcase series. What did you notice during your pregnancy? Were there any treatments that helped you especially? Let me know!


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