Posted in Parent's Health, Pregnancy & Childbirth

Anything I can do for my allergies? I’m 14 weeks pregnant and I’m really against taking any meds during pregnancy. I’ve tried nasal saline and warm showers but I swear I sneeze 50 times a day, it’s driving me nuts!! Thanks!

  • Meri
    Mar 01, 2018

    Have you talked to a doctor about this? Depending on what allergies we are talking about, some foods might make it worse. Also certain chemicals and, needless to say, perfumes. So there might be something lifestyle-wise you could do. Also keeping your inside air moist and clean helps. I have suffered from severe allergies my whole adult life, they just got worse and worse until anti-histamines didn't even work. I was fortunate to actually get rid of most of my (pollen) allergies during pregnancies. But I did have a chat with a OB/GYN during my first pregnancy who said that even strong nasal sprays are safe, bacause they are applied locally, but I don't know, I haven't met anybody with that opinion later. At a pharmacy they actually refused to sell me a strong nasal spray.

  • Meri
    Mar 01, 2018

    Also, just came to my mind, if there is a safe medication out there and you weigh out whether to take it, the stress hormones your body produces with severe allergies can get through to your baby, too. And they are not harmless. I don't want to stress you out any more, just a side note.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 01, 2018

    Upvote the above comment. Honestly, the percentage chance of any reprecussions for decongestants are so low (and easily researchable using google). The effect of prolonged, high amounts of cortisol (stress hormone) dumping into your bloodstream is much much worse. So my suggestion would be to just be aware of the other side of the coin's percentage chances of complications as well. And take care of yourself! Your health is important, too! If your sinus issues are anywhere near as bad as mine, Ill just say that suffering from 9 mo of sinus/ear/eye infections risks secondary issues, like migraines and balance issues (also not good for embryo/fetus) as well as long term damage, like hearing loss, etc.

  • Elle
    Mar 03, 2018

    There are no controlled studies on pregnant women/babies to determine absolutely whether the drug is harmful. However, the two following findings *may* shed insight into the safety of the medication. Doses of 35 to 50 times the human daily dose to rabbits and rats, respectively, have not produced teratogenic effects.  In a review of 229,101 deliveries to Michigan Medicaid patients, 940 first-trimester exposures to this drug were recorded and 1919 exposures anytime during pregnancy. A total of 37 birth defects were reported with first trimester exposure (40 expected) and included (observed/expected) 3/9 cardiovascular defects, 2 oral clefts, and 3/2 polydactyly.

  • Wendy
    Mar 04, 2018

    I used xyzal during my last pregnancy, and it definitely helped. It had fewer annoying side effects (like dry mouth) than Zyrtec or claritin for me. The pollen is AWFUL right now! Hope you feel better!

  • Sudha
    Mar 20, 2018

    saline spray every hour or so, humidifiers etc work. also cleaning your environment — get rid of rugs curtains rtc dust magnets, have wipe clean non cloth furniture, run a hepa filter esp at night in bedroom

  • Minnie
    Apr 25, 2018

    Go buy some local honey. Take 2 tablespoons daily. It will get your body use to local pollen by slowly building an immunity when you consume those doses daily. Ask your doctor!