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How to deal with seasonal allergy during pregnancy

The pollen season is approaching and with it many suffer from allergic symptoms. Typical signs of allergy include fatigue, itchy eyes and runny nose. During a pregnancy, these symptoms can be extra bothersome because the mucous membranes are already swollen - therefore it is common to become more stuffy in the nose than otherwise.

If you are unsure if it is an allergy

If you are experiencing these symptoms for the first time and are unsure if it is an allergy or something else related to the pregnancy, you can contact your midwife or healthcare provider. You can discuss the symptoms and find out what it may be due to. Sometimes you can try to treat with over-the-counter drugs for allergies and evaluate accordingly.

If you know you are allergic

If you already know that you are allergic, you can in most cases continue with the medication you usually take. Consult your healthcare provider or midwife for your particular treatment.

What medicines can you take?

If you usually take over-the-counter medications or medicines, you can continue with the ones we mention below:

  • Anti-histamines in tablet form containing desloratadine or loratadine, can be used during pregnancy.
  • Eye drops that are sold without a prescription at the pharmacy can be used well, the active substance in these is sodium cromoglycate or antihistamine.
  • Nasal spray with cortisone and mometasone can be used for a long time even during pregnancy, these usually have a good effect against stuffy and runny noses.

The package leaflet sometimes states that use during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended due to limited knowledge, but we know from experience that these drugs are safe to use during both pregnancy and breastfeeding. Drugs containing loratadine, desloratadine and cetirizine have been used by a large number of pregnant women and we have good reason to recommend it during pregnancy.

Sources: - 1177: Läkemedel vid pollenallergi - Janusmed: Fosterpåverkan - Janusmed: Amning