Allergies can be miserable, especially if you’re pregnant. Your back is aching, you’re tired all the time, and now, you’re stuffed up. Is there anything you can do to find relief? Is it safe to take Benadryl when you’re pregnant?
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Can You Take Benadryl While Pregnant?
The good news is that you don’t have to suffer if you have allergies. Benadryl is generally safe to use during pregnancy, but please consult with your doctor before taking it.
Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, is an antihistamine. Studies have shown that this medication can cross the placenta, but there is little evidence of it having any harmful effects on the fetus.
Allergies and Pregnancy
Some women say their allergy symptoms disappear during pregnancy, but other women say their allergies get worse when they’re pregnant.
But allergies are common in pregnant women. Doctors say about a quarter of pregnant women will experience them at some point. Some women start experiencing symptoms for the first time when they’re pregnant.
Before you worry or panic, know that allergies are common among pregnant women.
Does Allergies Affect the Baby?
Unless you’re experiencing a severe allergic reaction (i.e. anaphylaxis) where your airflow is interrupted, your baby won’t be affected by your allergies.
But if you’re concerned, speak to your doctor to make sure there are no other underlying issues causing your symptoms.
When to See a Doctor
While allergies are generally nothing to worry about (although they can be miserable), there are certain circumstances when you want to see your doctor:
- If you’re running a fever.
- If your symptoms are accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea.
When you have more than one life to consider, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Listen to your instincts. If your symptoms are more severe than usual or seem to be getting worse, don’t hesitate to see your doctor.
5 Natural Allergy Remedies
If you’re suffering from allergies and prefer not to take Benadryl, you can take a more natural approach. Try these 5 natural remedies.
1. Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf is a popular remedy for allergies as it acts as a natural antihistamine. The herb naturally blocks the body’s ability to make histamine. Nettle can be made either into a tincture or a special tea. But if you’re looking for allergy relief, the simplest solution is to take dried nettle leaves.
If you want to take the DIY route and make a tea, you can combine nettle with other herbs. Just be careful of which herbs you use during pregnancy – not all of them are safe. Peppermint is a great complement to nettle as its cooling properties help open up the airways. Red raspberry is another great combination.
FYI nettle is safe to consume and drink during pregnancy, but be sure to ask your doctor before taking it just to make sure that it’s safe for you.
2. Local Honey
One of the best ways to beat allergies – and prevent them in the future – is to consume local honey. Local is the key word here. The idea is that eating honey that’s locally sourced will help your body better adapt to allergens that are common in your area. Some people call it a “natural allergy shot.”
Try consuming a teaspoon or two of local raw honey a few times per day to help alleviate your symptoms. If you want to prevent allergies, try starting to take honey a month or two before the allergy season begins.
3. Use a Dehumidifier
Experts recommend using a dehumidifier to help ward off allergies. Keeping humidity levels below 50% in your home will keep mold and mites at bay. You can also try protecting your pillow and mattress with specially designed covers to keep dust mites at bay.
4. Use a Vacuum with a HEPA Filter
If household allergens are the problem, try using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters trap 99% of household allergens, including dust, dander, pollen, and bacteria. Many allergy and asthma sufferers find that a HEPA filter reduces their symptoms greatly.
But for added protection (and if your symptoms are severe), you may also want to wear a mask when you dust and vacuum.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the oldest natural allergy remedies out there is apple cider vinegar (ACV). But not just any apple cider vinegar – unfiltered and raw.
How does ACV work to improve allergy symptoms? It can reduce mucus production while also giving the lymphatic system a thorough cleansing, which makes it a great option for allergies.
To use, just mix a teaspoon of ACV with water and drink three times per day.