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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Allergies During Pregnancy

Whether it's a food allergy or hay fever, you're probably dying to know how you're going to deal with it during pregnancy. What medicine can you take? What risks are there to baby? Say no more.

What’s the best way to treat allergies during pregnancy?

Prevention is always the best treatment. Minimize exposure to your allergy triggers whenever possible. Allergy meds can be used during pregnancy, but it’s best to do so under the guidance of your doc. So instead of picking up a pack of over-the-counter allergy meds, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and triggers. He can help you develop an allergy control plan that’s good for you and your baby.

If you’re looking for natural remedies, some moms-to-be swear by neti pots, special mini pitchers designed to wash out the sinuses with saline. Others use saline nasal spray or breathing strips at night.

What can I do to prevent allergies?

You probably can’t, but you can avoid allergic reactions by limiting your contact with allergens. You might want to stay away from pets, seal your pillows and mattresses in dust-mite-proof casing, wash your bedding weekly in hot water to kill dust mites and use a filtering vacuum. If you have outdoor allergies, close windows and limit your time outside during high pollen and pollution days.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have allergies?

“I was on an antihistamine, but I stopped when I found out I was pregnant.”

“Today I felt like my nose was itchy pretty much all day. I’ve sneezed a ton and feel like I’m constantly blowing my nose.”

“The neti pot is a great help. It takes a little getting used to, but it makes a huge difference.”

Are there any other resources for allergies during pregnancy?

American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology

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-- Rebecca Kolp, MD, ob-gyn and medical director at Massachusetts General Hospital West

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