By María Cristina Lalonde, Feb 21, 2023

“Pregnancy is a time of hormonal flux resulting in physiologic changes of various body parts, the nose being one of them,” explained Kecia Gaither, M.D., board-certified in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and director of perinatal services/maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx in New York City. During pregnancy, edema—a medical term for swelling caused by extra fluid—and a hormonally mediated increase in blood flow can change the shape of the nose, making it appear wider, Gaither explained. “The change doesn’t happen to all women,” she noted. “For those in which it does, the nose typically returns to its original size and shape within two to three months after giving birth.”

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