I attended the baby shower of a friend just the other week, and we were all so excited for her. She’s a first time mum and so she is busy preparing, cleaning up and getting her home ready for the arrival of the baby. I couldn’t help but notice though that she’s been sneezing like crazy – It sucks when you get Hayfever During Pregnancy as you have to be careful about the products you take.
Hayfever During Pregnancy
I remember when I was pregnant. It was also in spring, and I also suffered from hay fever. I couldn’t sleep because of a stuffy nose, and during the day I was persistently sneezing. I didn’t take over-the-counter antihistamine because I was afraid that it would have an effect on my baby.
I suffered pretty badly during my third trimester, and didn’t really enjoy my pregnancy until spring and the hay fever was over. So I thought I would write this blog for any other pregnant women out there who are struggling to cope with hay fever as I did. Here are 5 tips that I hope will help.
Tip 1 – Avoid triggers
The best way to prevent allergy attacks is to avoid the triggers. If you suffer from hay fever normally, the probability of you getting hay fever while pregnant is obviously high. Hormonal changes can really affect how the body reacts to its environment. So, learn what triggers your attacks and avoid those triggers as much as you can.
Tip 2 – Eat loads of Vitamin C rich foods
Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is one of the best ways to keep both you and your baby free from common illnesses. Loading up on foods rich in Vitamin C and flavanoids will help to boost your body’s natural immunity.
Tip 3 – Keep your room clean and free from allergens
If you have a pet, make sure that you keep your room free of their dander, as this is definitely a trigger. You may also want to invest in specially made pillowcases and bedsheets that are dustmite proof to help ensure that you get a good night sleep all throughout your baby bump days.
Tip 4 – Always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any medication
Weigh up your symptoms before taking over the counter antihistamine. And always consult with your physician before taking any form of medicine, whether oral or nasal spray or any other form, as some ingredients may be potentially harmful to your baby.
Tip 5 – Check out alternative antihistamines
On the other hand, avoiding antihistamines and suffering through the symptoms may not be the best option. It may be safer but suffering with allergies will definitely affect your mood and overall wellbeing while pregnant. This is why taking supplements that help build your body’s immunity to help it cope with allergy symptoms can be a good option to ease your suffering in a gentle way.
2 Products You Can Use For Hayfever During Pregnancy
Clinicians Allerstop 30 Chewable Tablets
These tablets contain bioactive proteins from quail eggs which help to block irritants before they affect the nasal passage. They provide immune support and work rapidly to respond to both indoor and outdoor allergens. And since it is all natural, it is considered safe to take during pregnancy.
Botanica Hayfever Gel 5g
A homeopathic herbal preparation, Botanica Hayfever Gel is an intra-nasal topical antioxidant that assists the body’s natural immune response to atmospheric allergens such as air pollution, dust and pollen. It works in 3 ways:
1) Helps provide a protective barrier
2) Delivers active ingredients directly to nasal membranes
3) Helps to soothe and moisturise.
You can check out the allergy section of our online store to find these and other great natural allergy products.
Over to you
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