Symptoms of Allergies During Pregnancy
symptoms during pregnancy are the same as when you’re not pregnant. They include itchy red eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and congestion. However, if you also develop pregnancy rhinitis, as explained previously, your allergy symptoms might intensify.
Luckily, you can still take allergy medication like antihistamines to manage the symptoms so that your allergies don’t affect your quality of life, particularly related to getting good sleep and nutrition.
Antihistamines are helpful in easing symptoms related to () and . They work by blocking the effects of the chemical in the body, which triggers those irritating allergy symptoms. Antihistamines that have a less sedating effect, such as loratadine, are recommended by experts to be used by pregnant women, ideally after the first trimester.4
Try to avoid common triggers of allergic reactions like , , dust, and as much as possible. When managing allergy symptoms while pregnant, you should also avoid aromatherapy and herbal remedies as there is not enough research on their effects on pregnant women. Medical experts2 also recommend that unless you’ve received allergy shots before you became pregnant, you should not start taking them during pregnancy as you won’t know the effect they may have on you. You should also avoid decongestants like pseudoephedrine in your first trimester. It’s okay to take them in your second and third trimesters as long as you don’t have high blood pressure. Please check with your obstetrician if you are uncertain about anything related to taking allergy medication in pregnancy.
Please note that in the event of a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction like anaphylaxis, you should seek immediate medical advice and treatment.