How to stop a nosebleed
- Sit down and firmly pinch the soft part of your nose, just above your nostrils, for 10 to 15 minutes without releasing the pressure.
- Lean forward and breathe through your mouth. This will drain blood down your nose instead of down the back of your throat.
- Sit or stand upright, rather than lying down, as this reduces the blood pressure in the veins of your nose and will discourage further bleeding.
- Place a covered ice pack, or a packet of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel, on the bridge of your nose.
If the bleeding doesn't stop, seek medical advice – call your midwife or GP urgently.
Avoid blowing your nose, bending down and strenuous activity for at least 12 hours after a nosebleed.
Talk to your midwife or GP if you're worried about your nosebleeds.