Those aforementioned hormones also lead to an increase in blood flow all over the body, “which is important for supporting the baby,” explains board-certified ob-gyn Mary L. Rosser, MD, PhD. However, that blood flow may also cause swelling — most commonly in the hands and feet, but also in the face and nose.
This is where that TikTok-proliferated “pregnant nose” could manifest, referencing the “spreading or other enlargement of the nose during pregnancy,” says Dr. Hack. It’s also worth noting that general weight gain almost always occurs during pregnancy, which could expand the face and potentially change the proportion of the nose, says Dr. Greenfield.
Is “pregnancy nose” a cause for concern?
For the most part, slight nose swelling isn’t anything to worry about. That said, Dr. Rosser warns that in some cases, it may be one side effect of a bigger issue such as preeclampsia, a high blood pressure disorder that can occur during pregnancy.
“If you have headaches, vision changes, heartburn — anything that accompanies what you’re seeing with the nose swelling — that could be a sign your blood pressure is increasing, and it’s a good idea to check with your doctor,” explains Dr. Rosser, especially if any of these symptoms come on rapidly with the onset of the swelling.
If you’re experiencing any other disconcerting symptoms related to pregnancy rhinitis, such as trouble breathing, that’s another reason to give your ob-gyn a call promptly. For example, “if you have asthma, many women’s symptoms will get worse during pregnancy, so it’s important to be aware of that,” says Dr. Rosser.
As a general rule, if something feels out of the ordinary during pregnancy — inflamed nose or otherwise — express those concerns to your doctor.
How long does “pregnancy nose” last?
While everyone’s pregnancy looks different, symptoms associated with “pregnancy nose” or pregnancy rhinitis generally occur about 20 to 30 weeks into the pregnancy, says Dr. Greenfield.
“The noses and hands usually go back to normal by the six to eight week postpartum visit,” says Dr. Rosser. “For some women, it could take several months, or longer.” Again, each experience is individual.
What can you do about it?
Before you start attacking your nose with a jade roller, let’s first set one thing straight: the size and shape of your nose is not indicative of beauty or worth. So while the internet may be overflowing with potential “fixes” for unwanted pregnancy symptoms — aesthetic or otherwise — general healthy lifestyle practices are the best bet when it comes to supporting your body (and your baby).