Sneezing During Pregnancy


You don’t need to be scared, but we all know how difficult the phase of pregnancy is in any woman’s life. No doubt that’s the sweetest phase and you are super-excited to feel the little bun in the oven, but it is also scary and the most delicate phase in your life, where you are not only responsible for your own health, but also for the health of the angel that’s inside your womb. Thus, you have to take extra precautions to keep yourself healthy, fit and fine.

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However, no matter how hard you try, there are a few things that are bound to happen to you during those nine months. One of the most commonly faced health issues during pregnancy is sneezing. But the way you sneeze during your pregnancy is far different from the way you sneeze in the ordinary days of your life. Since there’s a tiny fetus developing in your womb, there are many things that it goes through, when you sneeze.

Sneezing during pregnancy is uncomfortable but nothing more than that. Your baby is snugly sitting inside your womb and you sneezing will not harm it in any way. If ligament pain scares you, just hold on to your tummy when you sneeze. Ask your gynecologist for anti allergic medicines. – Sunakshi

Following are all the important information that one must know about sneezing and being pregnant:

1) How does sneezing affect pregnancy?

When we say that sneezing affects your pregnancy, it does not mean that you have to control it. In fact, most of the time, there is absolutely nothing that you can do to control it. Sneezing few times in a day is okay, but if you are sneezing constantly during pregnancy, a lot of things can go wrong with you. The worst thing is that most of the pregnant women are found sneezing quite often. There is nothing to be worried about sneezing as such but you cannot ignore the underlying cause. Let us see why:

We all have mucous membranes in the passages of our nose. When you are pregnant, there are increased chances for these passages to feel irritated, leading to sneezing. Apart from sneezing constantly, the pregnant women also go through a constant running nose as well as moderate to severe coughing, which is not good for the health of the little bud inside your womb.

There is also a very common thing noticed in pregnant women – most of the women, who are in the third trimester of their pregnancy, go through severe and creepy sneezing issues, leading to several other health problems related to cold.

2) Is sneezing harmful during pregnancy ?

It is not that you need to be extra-worried and stressed if you are sneezing, it is just that you need to take good care of yourself if you go through this issue, because constant sneezing can lead to several health-related problems in pregnant women as well as the fetus in the womb.

Thus, we would always suggest you visit your gynecologist, if you are constantly sneezing in pregnancy; it may not be a serious thing, but it is always better to take proper precautions when you are pregnant.

3) Does sneezing affect the fetus?

To your surprise, there are no serious effects noticed in the fetus when a pregnant woman sneeze. However, if the sneezing is constant and the woman sneezes too hard, she feels a rocking sensation in her belly.

Some pregnant women have also complained about moderate to terrible cramps while sneezing during their pregnancies.

4) Why sneezing hurts while women are pregnant?

It is quite obvious for the pregnant woman to feel a bit of pain in her lower abdomen when she sneezes too hard during her pregnancy. If you are going through this pain, don’t be worried – almost all the pregnant women go through this pain when they sneeze during their pregnancies. The only thing that you can do is hold your belly while sneezing, to lower down the pain a bit; this helps in bringing down the round ligament pain.

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Another commonly faced problem that has been brought in front by most of the pregnant women, who go through constant sneezing, is peeing a little when they sneeze. Don’t be worried if this happens to you too; you tend to lose control on your bladder, due to which you are bound to pass a few drops of urine when you sneeze. You don’t even have to be embarrassed or ashamed of this because this just comes as a part of the package.

Don’t be afraid of getting pregnant after going through the above-mentioned things; when you get the baby in your arms, you realize that it is all worth it. Besides, a woman sees herself as a beautiful creature, when she feels the tiny fingers, hands, legs and other parts of the body forming inside of her. It is like carrying another soul within yours. All you have to do is be a little more careful and drink lots of fluids to keep yourself healthy and perfect for your baby.

Here are some tips to deal with the problem –

  • A woman’s immune system is at a low ebb during pregnancy and is prone to allergies
  • A pregnant woman has to wash her hands to avoid contamination
  • She must keep away from those suffering from colds and coughs
  • A stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, fever, back pain can cause much discomfort to a pregnant woman
  • One must get plenty of rest so that one is not weak and thus become susceptible to infections
  • Avoid stress as it lowers one’s immune system. One can go in for relaxation techniques to get rid of tension
  • Keep yourself warm during winters and have plenty of warm soups as this would prevent colds and coughs
  • One must have the necessary intake of vitamins and minerals to maintain health. Weakness can make one prone to allergies
  • Sneezing can cause contraction of the muscles and therefore one must be careful in unfavorable weather conditions


  1. Sneezing during pregnancy is not that severe but if it is due to any type of respiratory disorder then it is a matter of concern. As the medicines are restricted during pregnancy the problem becomes severe. It is better to take precautions then to repent later.

  2. Cold is one of the most common problem during pregnancy as immune system of a pregnant women is weekend and she is prone to get these types of infectious diseases. It is wise to keep away from crowds and avoid eating outside foods in order to avoid infections. Sneezing during pregnancy is not that harmful if it is not severe and it is very common.

  3. Thank you for the information.I was just worried about my sneezing.I am 3 months pregnant and was just thinkig if it could affect my baby.I do sneeze but not a lot.I had a runny nose in the past few weeks maybe this is the cause..

  4. I am 2 months pregnant and I have been suffering from Allergic rhinitis from quite a long time, I have been on medication from last 2-3 years but after I conceived , I have deliberately stop staking any medications. However my gynecologist said that I can take the medicine whenever situation gets worse, I try not taking the medicines at all. However when my allergy gets severs, I sneeze a lot, 6-7 times in one shot. Does it going to hurt my baby?

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