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If you are prone to allergies and are expecting a baby, your allergy becomes a double problem. It is different with allergies in pregnancy: sometimes a different state minimizes it, sometimes it intensifies it. It even happens that its symptoms first appear just when a woman is pregnant. Allergies should never be underestimated. Unfortunately, most allergy medications you have taken before are not recommended during pregnancy.

Inhaled allergy in pregnancyif it is mild, it is not serious, but as symptoms worsen, there is a risk that asthma will develop. You should then act quickly, because dyspnoea in the mother causes fetal hypoxia. Also inform your doctor about any unusual skin changes - they may be a reaction to an allergen or the first sign of a disease that you do not know about yet.

Avoid allergens when you are pregnant

The most effective way to fight allergies is to avoid allergenic substances. If you are allergic to dust (actually the dust mites living in it), don't vacuum - ask someone for help. Also remove carpets from the house and hang curtains made of fabrics that are easy to wash on the windows. Choose mornings and evenings for walks, because then the dew hinders the movement of pollen. The season after rain is also good. Also, try to get enough sleep and be as little nervous as possible, because stress and fatigue make your allergic reactions worse. If you have a food allergy, don't eat anything that sensitizes you. But no matter what type of allergy you have, during pregnancy (and while breastfeeding), be careful with products that are more likely to cause allergies than others. These include, among others: citrus and small-seed fruits, cow's milk, eggs, cocoa, nuts, honey, fish and seafood, e.g. shrimp.

If you have to take medication with allergies

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid contact with an allergen. After all, a mother allergic to pollen will not stay at home for the time of pollen pollen, which is often for several months. Then antiallergic drugs are the best solution. But remember: only an allergist can decide which preparations will be and in what doses you should take them. On your own, better not to heal! If used hastily, the drug will not only not solve the problem, but may also have a negative effect on the development of the fetus. Therefore, expectant mothers who suffer from allergies should be under the constant care of not only a gynecologist, but alsoalso an allergist.

Safe ways to treat allergies in pregnancy

  • in case of allergic rhinitis - rinsing the nose with saline or sea water solution
  • for atopic, irritation-prone skin - soothing creams and ointments, e.g. Nanobaza, Lipobaza, Alantan
  • in case of inhalation and contact allergies - drinking lime up to 1000 mg a day

In case of pregnancy allergies, use cautiously

  • with nasal drops, e.g. Rhinocort, Buderhin, Allergodil, Polcrom
  • in asthma and bronchospastic states - with bronchial inhalers, e.g. Pulmicort, Oxis, Cropoz Plus

Vaccines, or immunotherapy

Immunotherapy consists in administering specific doses of allergens for several to several months. As a result, the body "learns" to ignore these substances and does not react to them with an allergy or the symptoms become weaker. Although the vaccine will not affect the baby, immunotherapy will not be started in pregnant or breastfeeding women. The initial doses of allergens are shock loads, so there is a risk of serious side effects - even anaphylactic shock. Desensitization can only begin after breastfeeding is finished. But if you started treatment before pregnancy and are only receiving maintenance doses, you can continue your treatment.


Unadvisable medications for allergy in pregnancy

  • antihistamines, e.g. Claritina, Telfast, Loratadine, Zyrtec, Allertec, Amertil
  • nasal decongestants, e.g. Sudafed, Contac
  • ointments with calcineurin inhibitors, e.g. Elidel, Protopic

Some of these drugs are sold over the counter in pharmacies. They are not recommended because their effects on the fetus have not yet been studied.

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