Pregnancy is one the most important and eventful period in your life. Some of us are prepared for everything pregnancy brings to table, either from past experience or from having watched someone close going through it, but some of us are totally taken unaware of it. But all of us know that pregnancy brings a number of changes to our body. Some pregnant women feel the change of taste in their mouth, some cannot tolerate certain smells, while some others might feel their nose getting bigger and wider! Strange, isn’t it! Read on for more details about it.
What Are Unusual Pregnancy Symptoms?
We know that our bellies are going to get bigger, our breasts are getting ready to lactate, our feet will get swollen with all that weight and most importantly, our body will go through a lot of hormonal changes. Are you experiencing stranger and weirder symptoms and wondering if they are also aftermaths of pregnancy? You might be right. Although not common, many women report that they had very strange changes in their bodies – such as larger feet, wider eyelids, hair growth on belly – during pregnancy. One such strange symptom is a bigger and wider nose.
Why Does The Nose Appear Bigger During Pregnancy?
Interestingly, it is not just the nose that is growing bigger during pregnancy, it is your whole body and face. That is right, your cheeks and even your eyelids are growing bigger. So is your feet and belly and arms. However, since the nose is a prominent feature on your face, its growth is more noticeable, that is all.
The overall increase in the size of different body parts can be attributed to the changes in the hormones that happen during pregnancy. Your progesterone and estrogen levels increase during pregnancy and this increase influences a lot of change in your body, some good (pregnancy face glow and lustrous hair!) and some not so good. In the case of your nose specifically, this is what happens:
- Increase in the level of estrogen increases the flow of blood into your mucus membranes
- The mucus membrane is just beneath the nose, so increased blood flow to mucus membranes increases the overall blood flow into your nose
- This expands various membranes in the nose, which in turn expands the muscles in the nose
- Your nose is, as you know, made with soft bones. This means that the expanded size of the muscles and membranes can easily influence the shape of the nose and the nose consequently appears wider or bigger
- Some people also see the color of the nose changing (to a more redder shade) because the changing hormone levels can also influence the pigmentation in the skin
Will The Nose Get Back To Its Normal Size After Pregnancy?
Thankfully, like most of the changes inflicted by pregnancy, the changes in the size and shape of your nose is also temporary. As we mentioned before, the changes in your body and facial features are brought on by the changes in the hormonal makeup of your body. Once you deliver, these hormonal makeup go back to the level it was before pregnancy. And with this, almost all of the changes also get back to normal. Most women, who have noticed their nose becoming bigger or wider during pregnancy, report that their nose went back to the normal size in about a month to 40 days after delivery. So, fortunately, the change is temporary. And in any case, the size of your nose is not something the onlookers will notice very fast. You look at your face every day and that is the only reason you notice these changes.
Bigger Nose During Pregnancy – Gender Prediction
When you are pregnant, everyone around you are ready to share weird stories and give their expert opinions even if you are not interested in hearing them! Even the gender of your little baby is discussed openly. From a very long time, people have been trying to guess babies’ gender even before baby is ready to be born. There are so many old wives’ tales going around that claim to predict your baby’s gender. One such tale is about the nose getting bigger. So if you are suddenly becoming more conscious of your nose and feel that it is looking a little bit bigger than before then we have something interesting to share. As per the old wives club, this is happening to you because you will be having a boy!
But then this is just a myth. What holds absolutely true is that every pregnant woman has a 50% chance of having a boy, and 50% chance of having a girl, with all her pregnancies irrespective of the strange pregnancy symptoms.
So, the good news is that you do not have to worry about the growing size of nose or any of the tales associated with it. You are not transforming to Pinocchio, do not be anxious and relax. Since you cannot do anything about the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy, the only thing you can do is not to be anxious about it and to enjoy it even. After the baby is born, you will have no time to worry about the size of your nose and by the time, you will have time and patience to notice the changes to your face, everything would have become back to normal.
Have a happy and safe pregnancy! All the best!
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