Having allergies during pregnancy is never a pleasant experience to pregnant women. They feel so horrified knowing that they cannot just take in any medicine they want over the counter, just to get rid of those stuffy nose and those constant sneeze.
To all pregnant women out there, I feel your pain.
Some allergy drugs are considered safe to use during pregnancy, however it’s always best if you consult it first to your obstetrician before taking those over-the-counter medications.
There are indeed certain limitations in using allergy medicine while pregnant, as the effects of the drug may dispose risks for the baby. But, what allergy medicines are safe to use during pregnancy? If none, are there any home remedies to treat those pesky allergies while being pregnant?
General Rule: Pregnant women should not ingest any over-the-counter drugs during pregnancy unless very much necessary and unless prescribed by an OB-GYNE. Special precautions should be taken during the first trimester.
REMEMBER: It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Why? Here’s the thing. During pregnancy, it is common for a pregnant woman to feel as if their allergies have become worse. This is because during pregnancy, their mucous membranes are swollen, making them feel more stuffy and puffy.
- Include performing physical activity in your daily routine. Exercise or even trying to move a little in the morning helps reduce nasal inflammation.
- Elevate the head of the bed by 30 to 45 degrees, doing so might help ease symptoms.
If these tips don’t relieve the symptoms, remember that taking allergy medicine while pregnant isn’t necessarily off-limits. Work with your obstetrician to choose the safest medication for you and your baby.
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