9. Elevate Your Head
Sleeping with your nose above the level of your heart will allow gravity to do its work and help drain the mucus. Also, it will be easier for you to enjoy sound sleep. Hence, it is recommended to keep your head elevated while sleeping.
To do so, you can elevate the head of your bed by putting an extra blanket under the mattress. Raising the bed frame at the head end with blocks will also work.
You can also use extra pillows to raise your head while sleeping.
10. Stay Hydrated
To treat a blocked or stuffy nose, it is important to keep your body hydrated.
Water intake will help thin the mucus in your sinuses, making it easier to drain. Once the body gets rid of the mucus, you will get relief from the stuffy nose.
Drinking enough fluid also helps maintain a high blood volume in the body, which is important for the health of the growing fetus.
Apart from water, you can also have fluids like herbal tea, water with lemon, sparkling mineral water, organic fruit juices or broth.
However, try to cut down on caffeine and caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration.
- You can also rub Vicks VapoRub on your nose to help open your nasal passages so that you can breathe easier.
- Do not take any form of medication, including an over-the-counter decongestant, without talking to your doctor.
- It is best to avoid taking any medications during your first trimester because that’s when your baby’s organs are forming.
- Avoid overuse of nasal spray decongestants, as this can actually make your congestion much worse.
- Avoid irritants that may make your stuffy nose worse like cigarette smoke, strong-smelling perfumes or fragrant household cleaners.
- To blow your nose more effectively, hold one nostril closed while gently blowing your nose.
- Nasal strips placed on the nose can also help open up congested airways.
- Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep to help the body heal.
- Increase vitamin C in your diet to reduce the chances of nose bleeds.
- Light exercises or brisk walks can also help clear nasal congestion.
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