Dealing with Allergies During Pregnancy
It’s that time of year, Spring, and also allergy season. It’s starting to be that type of weather when you want to go outside and stay outside. But having allergies while being pregnant can make it not as much fun. Allergies while pregnant can range from barely noticeable, to annoying, to intolerable. The sneezing, sniffling and red, itchy eyes, all common symptoms. About a quarter of all expectant mothers experience them, even if they have no known prior allergies.
No need to worry, you can still have a safe, healthy pregnancy, and your baby likely won’t notice a thing in there, even if you’re feeling pretty lousy.
“Allergy management is important for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant,” says Lisa Wilson, a physician with Novant Health Providence OB/GYN. “There are uncomfortable parts of pregnancy, allergies do not have to be one of them.”
Nasal congestion usually starts sometime in the second trimester, as high levels of estrogen and progesterone increase blood flow throughout your body, causing mucous membranes to swell and soften. This can make you as stuffed up if you had a cold or an allergy.
If you can’t tell if they are allergies or just a case of pregnancy congestion, you’ll most likely experience the additional symptoms along with the stuffiness. If you aren’t plagued with itchiness and sneezing, it could just be the hormone-related congestion of pregnancy.
The signs of allergies when you're pregnant are the same as when you're not pregnant—but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with.
What to look for:
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Itchy throat
If you’re allergic to pollen: try to stay inside, if you do go outside, try wearing wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes, plus they are stylish! Once you come inside, change your clothes and wash your hands, so the pollen doesn’t stay with you.
If you’re allergic to dust: Here’s an excuse to get someone else to do the cleaning for you! Use a wet mop or a sweeper to avoid stirring up dust. A microfiber cloth is better than a traditional feather duster.
Remember, it’s a good idea to check in with your ob-gyn before taking any kind of medication during pregnancy. Some allergy meds are not considered safe to use when pregnant, and it never hurts to double-check with your doctor.
It’s important to stay as comfortable as possible while you go are pregnant, always remember, allergy season will end, and your due date will come. Happy Spring!
We can help you from pregnancy confirmation to post-delivery care. Please call our Providence office at 704-372-4000, our Steelecroft office at 704-384-7900 or our SouthPark office at 704-372-4000. We look forward to serving you and your baby during your pregnancy.