|Some women already suffer from seasonal allergies which may increase or decrease in intensity during their pregnancy. For others, it may come as a shock to be affected by the all-too-common allergies for the first time. According to the World Allergy Organization Journal (2017) a fifth of pregnant women is affected by allergies. In the US alone, 18–30% of women in the childbearing age experience allergies to some degree.
Some common symptoms include: nasal congestion, itchy nose, constant sneezing, watery eyes and red, itchy or swelling skin. It’s important to do an allergy diagnosis and management during your pregnancy to ensure you and your baby’s wellbeing.
As for its diagnosis, an in vitro allergy test is most optimal during pregnancy. Try to take a rain check on any skin testing or provocation test until after your baby’s born. Regarding its management, prevention and caution will always be the best. Firstly, identify what is triggering your allergies and try to avoid completely or minimize your exposure to them.
Always check with your doctor before going to your local over-the-counter remedies. As for home remedies the Mayo Clinic suggests the following:
Whatever may be your degree of allergy, before resorting to self-medication, check with your doctor first and together come up with a management plan that’s well suited both for you and your baby.