Allergies and Pregnancy

October 30th, 2010

The spring and autumn season welcome in the most beautiful weather conditions of the year. Unfortunately they also bring with them the most potent triggers for allergic reactions. Itchy and watery eyes, skin rashes and runny noses are all symptoms of allergic reactions to dusts, pollens and other irritants. Some women find that during pregnancy, they experience allergic reactions that they have never had before. Expectant mothers have to be concerned about any medications they take because of the potential harm that they could cause their unborn child, especially during the first trimester.

Medications for Allergies during pregnancy

There are many types of medications used to treat allergies. An expectant mom must decide if the benefits outweigh the risks, when deciding to take medication for allergic relief. An over- the-counter antihistamine can be used to treat allergic reactions but must be used with caution. If you decide to take an over-the-counter drug you should check with your doctor to determine the correct medicine and dosage. Prescription medications are categorized, by the FDA, depending on how safe they are to take. During pregnancy you may want to take a safer classified drug to relief allergy symptoms. Again, it is important to consult with your physician before using any prescribed medications, even if you took them prior to your pregnancy.

Controlling Asthma during pregnancy

Women with asthma must be careful to control their condition during pregnancy. Asthma restricts the air intake of its sufferers. Reduced intake of oxygen for a developing fetus can cause many complications, including low birth weight. Women with asthma may have to take medication to control their condition during pregnancy. They must work with their doctor to monitor their drug intake. Being careful and taking the lowest dosage possible is the best way to protect the unborn child, while also giving relief to the expectant mother from the symptoms related to asthma.

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