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hay fever in pregnancy

suffering from hay fever in pregnancy

Summer is fast approaching and for most this is a time of al fresco dining and enjoying the long light evenings. However, if you are a hay fever sufferer then you may find yourself dreading the long-awaited British Summer and pining for the cold and more importantly, pollen-free winter months.

Hay fever is a pest at the best of times, however, pregnancy and hay fever really do not go hand in hand. You may notice your symptoms are worse during pregnancy and sadly many of the usual remedies are not advised due to potential unknown adverse effects on your unborn child. It is important to stress that none of this is fully understood or researched as pregnant women do not tend to want to enter research trials of drugs with unknown effects on their unborn baby funnily enough!

Hay fever may manifest itself in the usual runny, snotty or congested nose, frequent sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. However, some pregnant women also suffer from extreme tiredness related to hay fever flares, which is contradictory to its molecular makeup interestingly as it is classified as a ‘wakeful hormone’.

pregnancy hay fever remedies


If you are struggling with hay fever then please don’t fear, there is help at hand. Although many of your normal medicinal options may not be allowed there are others out there. If you are suffering from nasal symptoms then you can try a steroid nasal spray, as this is confined to the nasal area only and won’t pass onto your baby through the placenta. If this doesn’t work then an oral antihistamine can be tried instead such as loratadine (which is nondrowsy so should help with the tiredness factor too). Alternatively, if you’re not keen on the medical options then you can try a nasal douche which helps to flush out the pollen from the nasal passages. Similarly, a saline eye bath works in the same way and can help relieve runny, itchy eyes.

Here are our other top tips for staying as pollen free as possible during this itchy time:

• Check the pollen count before you make arrangements especially outdoor activities (A high count is over 50 grains per cubic metre of air).
• Wear sunglasses (when socially appropriate).
• Wash regularly. This isn’t a joke. When you get home after work jump in the shower and get rid of that sticky pollen. It clings to your clothes, hair, and skin so the more you wash the better you’ll feel.

And remember, this will pass and eventually you will be free to breathe through your nose again without sneezing for England. Our advice when this happens? Just sleep. Embrace this precious gem of nourishment for body and mind. Because when the newborn arrives sadly this all goes out the window again!

This blog was written by Babylon Health

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