Linda Jenkins, RN
My gums bleed every time I brush my teeth! This never happened before I was pregnant. Is this normal? - Melissa, Hartford CT
The expert answers
Blood volume increases dramatically in pregnant women, causing capillaries to be more fragile -- with resultant nosebleeds as well as bleeding gums.
Little can be done about nosebleeds.
With gums that bleed easily, flossing is most important. Flossing up and toward the gums, as well as massaging the gums with a soft toothbrush will not eliminate the symptoms, but will help prevent future complications of a secondary infection by reducing plaque buildup. Including foods high in vitamin C may also be good for this fragile tissue.