What Kind of Medicine Can You Take While Pregnant for Allergies

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Allergies. They are an incredibly annoying condition that many of us suffer from. However, when you are pregnant, allergies can be even more annoying, since there are certain medications that you might not be able to take anymore.

Allergies are very common for pregnant women. In fact, at least a quarter of all pregnant women suffer from some degree of allergy problems. Read on for more info about how to deal with allergies while you are pregnant.

1. Claritin

Claritin is probably the most popular and well known over the counter allergy drug. Fortunately, it is safe for pregnant women to take. The active ingredient in Claritin is Lortadine, so that is the ingredient to look for when looking for a safe medication option. Other brand names of Lortadine include Alavert, Tavist ND,  and also in Triaminic Allerchews.

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2. Saline Nasal Spray

If your allergies cause you to have nasal congestion, saline nasal spray is a great option for pregnant women, since it is all natural. Nasal breathing strips and neti pots can also be great options for natural allergy relief during pregnancy.

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Most doctors also agree that Pseudoephedrine, or Sudafed, is a safe option for women during their pregnancies. You will want to ask your own doctor to make sure before taking any medications during your pregnancy, just to be safe.

3. Tylenol

If your allergies cause you to have a headache, don’t worry. That is totally normal. The best way to treat headaches, or any aches and pains you may have during pregnancy is Tylenol.

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It is the safest and most commonly used over the counter medication during pregnancy. Make sure if you use Tylenol, not to use any “combo” medications like Tylenol Cough or Tylenol Cold. These could be dangerous for you and your unborn baby.

4. Avoid Triggers

Keep in mind that one of the best ways to keep your allergies in check during pregnancy or any time is to avoid the triggers. Things like dusty rooms, pet hair or dander, cigarette smoke, grass or pollen, etc. can really aggravate allergies. If you know what your triggers are, definitely do your best to avoid them during pregnancy when you might not be able to take all the medicines you normally would.

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5. Ask Your Doctor

If you find that you are really having a hard time keeping your allergies in control during your pregnancy, try talking to your doctor about potential treatment options. Your doctor might have suggestions that you have not considered yet to help you, or can perhaps prescribe you a pregnancy safe prescription drug to alleviate your symptoms.

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.