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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Sinusitis During Pregnancy

Do you have a sinus infection and wonder how it's going to affect baby? We'll tell you how to treat it and how to keep you and baby healthy.

What is sinusitis during pregnancy?

Sinusitis is just a fancy name for a sinus infection. It happens when your sinuses become inflamed and swollen, and mucus can’t drain properly. It’s bad enough when you’re not pregnant, but it’s even worse when you are pregnant because it’s hard to tell whether the symptoms are caused by an actual infection or just your hormones.

What are the signs of sinusitis?

You may see some yellow or greenish discharge (yuck!) from your nose. You also might have trouble breathing through your nose, feel pain and pressure around your face and have a bad cough, and your senses of smell and taste might not seem to be working so well -- sounds like fun, huh? Other symptoms include earaches, headaches, sore throat and fatigue.

Are there any tests for sinusitis?

Your doctor may give you a nasal endoscopy to see what’s going on inside your nose. If she suspects that allergies are the culprit, you may be tested for them.

How common is sinusitis during pregnancy?

It can be more common during pregnancy. The tricky thing about dealing with sinus issues is figuring out whether they're pregnancy-related. That's because pregnancy can cause the blood vessels and membranes in your nose to swell (yep, it’s not just your ankles), making it tough to breathe through your nose -- even if you're not sick at all. But luckily, even if you are sick, most sinus infections do go away with time. The important thing to figure out is whether your symptoms are caused by pregnancy or an actual infection, so be sure to talk to your doctor.

How did I get sinusitis?

Along with all the crazy things pregnancy does to the blood vessels and membranes in your nose, you can get sinusitis from viral, bacterial and fungal infections. If you have allergies (like hay fever), you may have an increased risk of getting sinusitis.

How will sinusitis affect my baby?

Luckily, it won’t affect baby. But make sure you’re still getting enough vitamins and nutrients and resting so you can recover ASAP.

-- Laura Riley, MD, ob-gyn, Director of Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy

 

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