How to Stay Away From Allergies When Planning For a Baby?

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How to Stay Away From Allergies When Planning For a Baby

Pregnancy for women comes with many expectations, excitement, and worries. Whenever a woman plans her pregnancy, there are many things that she needs to think about. The most common thing which a woman worries about is allergies during pregnancy. Allergies can be troublesome, and it is always good to avoid any medications when you are planning to conceive and once you are pregnant too. So how to stay away from allergies when planning for a baby?

Allergies can be of many types- dust allergies, allergies to pollen, cigarette smoke, industrial smoke, and even household cleaners. Some allergies can also lead to asthma. Most kinds of allergies do not have any available treatments and the doctor will usually focus on relieving the symptoms such as sneezing, headaches, and itching. Certain kinds of allergies may also lead to asthma. This article focuses on keeping the women who are trying to conceive informed on how to manage allergies in a way that doesn’t interfere with conception and the impending pregnancy.

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Know Your Allergy Symptoms

About seven out of ten pregnant women notice that their allergy symptoms increase. At the same time, the allergy symptoms of some women remain the same during pregnancy. So, when you’re planning to have a baby or getting ready for pregnancy, it’s excellent to review some allergies before proceeding.

For this, you can know about your allergy symptoms. For instance, many pregnant women often suffer from runny and stuffy noses. On the other hand, some women have hay fever. Hay fever can be a serious cause of concern for women during pregnancy.

Usually, some allergy symptoms go away after some time or as soon as the pregnancy ends. However, some may persist for longer. So, be sure to consider those symptoms and take proper medication to get rid of the problem. But before you proceed with any medical treatment, be sure to monitor your symptoms. Take the right treatment after knowing the symptoms and consulting with a specialist.

Types of Allergy Symptoms During Pregnancy

There are different forms of allergy symptoms a woman can experience during pregnancy. Few of them we are explaining here.

1. Itchy And Watery Eyes

Itchy And Watery Eyes

Itchy and watery eyes are common allergy symptoms during pregnancy. Many times, women experience watery eyes just after waking up. On the other hand, some women suffer from dry and itchy eyes. The symptoms are similar to what they experience in hay fever.

But it happens to women when she has a deficiency of Vitamin A and is on various medications. If you too experience such issues, be sure to consume a healthy and balanced diet.

In addition to this, drink plenty of water and use a humidifier in rooms to prevent dryness. Take plenty of water, and Omega 3-fatty acid, and take medicines recommended by doctors.

2. Sneezing


Pregnancy rhinitis or constant sneezing is another condition that a woman experiences during pregnancy. It can cause nasal congestion, runny nose, and the nose remains stuffed with mucus. The allergy occurs in the woman due to pollen dust and is very common.

Sneezing doesn’t harm babies because they are well-protected in the mother’s womb. But constant sneezing may irritate women. If it irritates you, then keep a saline nasal spray near you and use an air purifier. If the symptoms still persist, then ask for medicinal help from a doctor. Do not take any allergy medicine on your own. It can be dangerous for you and your baby’s health.

3. Sore or Itchy Throat

Sore or itchy throat

Itchy and sore throat is a sign of pregnancy during an early stage. The symptoms may fade away during the second or third trimester. The sore and itchy throat may happen due to bacterial growth into the respiratory tract or allergens. The infection is not contagious. So, you don’t need to worry about it.

If the symptoms don’t fade away, you must consult with your doctor or gynecologist. They will provide you with specific treatment for the sore and itchy treatment.

4. Runny Nose

Runny nose

A runny nose is a common allergic symptom that women experience during their pregnancy or when she is planning to have a baby. Watery discharge from the nose may irritate you, and it usually happens due to certain allergic reactions and allergens.
In that situation, be sure to keep yourself hydrated and take allergic medicines. But make sure to consult with your doctor before taking any medicine to control a runny nose.

5. Sinus Congestion

Sinus congestion

Sinus congestion is an allergic reaction that lasts till six weeks of pregnancy. It goes away within a few weeks. Though it’s a common allergic symptom a woman has during pregnancy, not all women have this allergic symptom. If it exceeds six weeks and is troubling you, ask for a doctor’s recommendation to get rid of the problem.

When you’re planning your baby or are pregnant, you may experience these allergic symptoms during the first trimester of the pregnancy. The symptoms are a common and early sign of pregnancy. But if it exceeds the given period, be sure to go to the gynecologist to get the right treatment. Ask for medicinal treatment from an expert gynecologist. They will provide you with better treatment to eliminate the allergic symptoms.


1. What Medicines Can I Take For Allergies?

Medicines like antihistamines including cetirizine, Clarinex, nasal decongestants, and other allergic medicines are prescribed by the doctor to treat these symptoms. But be sure to consult with a doctor before taking these anti-allergic medicines.

2. When to See a Doctor For Allergies During Pregnancy And Trying to Conceive?

If your allergies don’t fade away after the first trimester of the pregnancy, then visit a doctor.

3. What Can I do to Reduce Allergy Symptoms Without Taking Medications?

If you don’t want to take medicines to get rid of the allergy symptoms, keep yourself away from allergens. Use an air purifier in your rooms and eat a well-balanced diet. Keep yourself hydrated enough to deal with allergies.


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