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Neophyte
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When do nosebleeds and nasal congestions happen during pregnancy?
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Nasal congestion is pretty common in pregnant women who have colds and seasonal allergies. There's also a condition called rhinitis of pregnancy (which translates, basically, as being sniffly because you're pregnant). Rhinitis of pregnancy can occur at any time during pregnancy - it's the result of increased estrogen stimulating more production of mucus. While this is pretty common, it's also not something I'd think of as a pregnancy symptom. If you're trying to figure out whether you're pregnant, or how pregnant you are, you need to take a pregnancy test or talk to a doctor.

Nosebleeds are also more common during pregnancy than otherwise - as pregnancy progresses, the pregnant woman's blood supply increases. Heavily vascular areas like the mucus membranes in your nose can wind up swollen and easily irritated, leading to nosebleeds. They generally stop after delivery.

There are also lots of non-pregnancy-related reasons for stuffy noses and nosebleeds, that apply even to pregnant women. Really, these things can happen at any time, to anyone.

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Thanks, just a quick question. My girlfriend had her normal period July 19th, but today she started having headaches, dizziness, and throwing up. She was outside though and it was extremely hot. She was at practice for football. It was at or above 100 degrees. She also ate mcdonalds for breakfast, is this most likely heatstroke or something else?
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Is she still feeling ill now? If so, then she should probably seek medical care ASAP. Being outside doing lots of exercise in that heat can very easily lead to heatstroke or the aggravation of other medical conditions.

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Whatever it was, it's a reason to check in with a doctor.
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