For example, pregnancy-related nasal congestion, not allergies, could be behind all sneezing and choking.
But how do you tell the difference? Here’s what you need to know about allergies during pregnancy, including which medications are safe to take during pregnancy.
Allergy during pregnancy
According to the website “raising children” Allergy It is very common during pregnancy, and not all women who suffer from it suffer from allergies in the long term. Many women who have no prior allergies complain only of their symptoms during pregnancy.
How can allergies affect your pregnancy and your baby?
If you suffer from allergies, you can definitely have a healthy and safe pregnancy.
Tell your doctor about your symptoms, and always check before using any medication, even the one you were taking regularly before pregnancy.
Try as much as possible to stay away from known allergens when possible.
Symptoms of allergy during pregnancy
If you have an allergy such as hay fever (rhinitis), you are likely to experience the following symptoms:
Itchy eyes, skin or mouth.
Other triggers such as mold, dust and pet dander can cause allergic reactions at different times, or all year.
Allergy vs nasal congestion during pregnancy
On the other hand, nasal congestion usually begins sometime in the second trimester, as high levels of estrogen and progesterone increase blood flow throughout the body, including the nose; Which leads to swelling and softening of the mucous membranes. This can make your nose feel stuffy, as if you have a cold or allergy, leading to nosebleeds during pregnancy or postnasal drip that can make you cough at night.
How can you distinguish between allergies and congestion during pregnancy?
If you are allergic, you will likely experience the above symptoms (sneezing, itchy eyes, etc.) along with congestion and coughing.
If the itching and noticeable sneezing don’t bother you, it could be due to pregnancy congestion related to hormones. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor.
Can you take allergy medication during pregnancy?
Consult your doctor to find out which medications you can take safely during pregnancy.
However, there are some do’s and don’ts about allergy medications during pregnancy: Antihistamines may or may not be safe to use during pregnancy, so be sure to check with your doctor.
Decongestants containing the ingredients pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine (such as Sudafed, Claritin-D and DayQuil) are prohibited for pregnant women, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Some doctors allow limited use (once or twice a day or so) thereafter; Because using decongestants more frequently than that can restrict blood flow to the placenta.
As for starting allergy shots during pregnancy, it is not a good idea; Because it leads to changes in an already volatile immune system, it may cause unexpected reactions.
How to prevent allergies during pregnancy
Wondering: What can you do for allergies during pregnancy besides taking medication? You can try these tips to prevent or relieve allergy symptoms:
stay away from smokers
Smoking can worsen allergies, and exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy is not good for you or your baby.
If you suffer from pollen allergy Try to stay inside; Where there is filtered and air-conditioned air. If you go outside, try wearing wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. When you get indoors, take off your shoes, wash your hands and face, change your clothes, and wash your hair before bed. This also helps relieve allergy symptoms at night.
If you’ve ever had a food allergy, talk to your doctor and an allergist about whether you should consider changing your diet in any way during pregnancy.