Treating Seasonal Allergies in Pregnancy

| Posted On May 27, 2015 | By:

pregnant during allergy seasonSpring is in full bloom…time to stock up on tissues!

The sneezing, the stuffy, runny nose, the itchy watery eyes – ugh! As if pregnancy isn’t uncomfortable enough on its own, enjoying the outdoors and those beautiful blossoms come at a price for many women. To make matters worse, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing are already common in pregnancy due to increased blood volume and decreased lung capacity (among other changes).

So where can you turn for some relief? It’s important to know that we always recommend non-drug remedies (i.e., “comfort measures”) as a first line of defense before trying medications, especially in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus is forming all the major organs, brain and spinal cord. These comfort measures include:

If comfort measures are not enough, here is a helpful list medications generally considered safe for use in pregnancy:

All of the above medications fall in the pregnancy risk category “B” drugs and are generally considered safe in pregnancy because the testing data available shows that they are not associated with any adverse effects to the fetus when used according to package directions. However, the choice to take medication is ultimately up to you.

If you would like to research any medications on your own, the following websites are a good place to start:

We hope these tips help you enjoy this beautiful time of year!

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Comments

  1. This seems like really great information! Like you said, pregnancy already involves nasal congestion and difficulty breathing, so that makes dealing with seasonal allergies more difficult. I haven’t had very many problems dealing with seasonal allergies until I recently became pregnant. Hopefully, these “comfort measures” will help me deal with seasonal allergies this year. I’ve heard that nasal sprays and nasal strips can be effective. I should try using some natural sprays and strips to see how they improve my allergy symptoms.

    Comment by Deanna R. Jones on June 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  2. These are great ideas and solutions for women who are pregnant and dealing with seasonal allergies. Thanks for sharing some comfort measures!

    Comment by Lauren on June 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm
  3. My wife is having trouble sleeping at night, and last night she pretty much was up almost all night, which isn’t very fun for a pregnant woman. I decided to do some research to try to figure out ways to help. It seems like I need to invest into adhesive nasal strips for her so that she will be able to breathe better at night, as this seems to be the main reason that she can’t sleep. Thanks for sharing this information with me!

    Comment by Jake White on October 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

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