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Hay Fever during Pregnancy...!?

If you are a regular sufferer of hay fever, you won’t need me to spell out what it involves…But, in the instance that you are a new sufferer, unfortunately there are fewer remedies available to ease the symptoms during pregnancy.

What Is Hay Fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen or spores. First these tiny particles come into contact with the cells that line your mouth, nose, eyes and throat; consequently they irritate them and as a result an allergic reaction is triggered.

Common Symptoms Include:

Frequent Sneezing
Runny or Blocked Nose
Itchy, Red or Watery Eyes
Itchy Throat, Nose Mouth and Ears
Cough – Caused by Postnasal Drip
(mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose)

Less Common Symptoms Include:

The Loss of Your Sense of Smell
Facial Pain
Headaches
Earache
Tiredness and Fatigue

Whilst there is currently no cure for hay fever, most people are able to relieve or prevent symptoms with treatment. Many hay fever products are available over the counter without the need for a prescription. However, during pregnancy, you can take some hay fever medicines; but not others, due to the lack of evidence on their safety.

In the first instance, the NHS suggest that you seek advice from your pharmacist or GP, so they can assess your symptoms.

For more information from the NHS about hay fever during pregnancy, click HERE

Find out more information from the NHS by visiting our Read This page.

Things You Can Do to Prevent Hay Fever

As a longstanding sufferer of the beauty that is tree blossom, I was delighted during my first pregnancy, when I felt my annual hay fever disappearing…what a relief! However, this time round, it is back with a vengeance. Therefore, I sought advice from the pharmacist, who advised that I use a pregnancy safe nasal spray when the pollen count is particularly high, and my symptoms are especially bad.

Over the years, I have been offered much advise from fellow hay fever sufferers, and so, in conclusion I wanted to share a few useful tips to avoid pollen and help reduce your symptoms…

DOs

Change Your Clothes After Being Outside
Vaccum Regularly
Keep Windows and Doors Shut
Draw Curtains in the Home
Rinse Your Ears, Nose and Mouth to Remove Pollen After Being Outside
Try and Stay Indoors When the Pollen Count Is High
Wash Pets Regularly to Remove Pollen From Fur

DON’Ts

Don’t Sleep With Windows Open
Don’t Keep Fresh Flowers in the House
Never Agree It’s Your Turn to Do the Gardening
Don’t Let People Smoke in the House
Don’t Dry Your Bedding Linen on the Washing Line – the sheets collect pollen, which you then sleep on!

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