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Old Apr 13th, 2010, 21:46 PM   1
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allergies while pregnant=i need remedies!


has anyone tried any natural remedies for allergies while pregnant? -remedies that worked?

since i wont risk taking my usual claritin or other meds.. i'm in agonnyyyyyy...

i recently read about apple cider vinegar + water ... that it helps if drank regularly... does the solution work with other types of vinegar also?

when i was breastfeeding my daughter (#1) i took nettle supplements that helped a little bit but apparently it could be harmful for pregnancies...

can anyone help me?



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Old Apr 14th, 2010, 01:08 AM   2
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Oh good thread - I don't know but could do with some too as I suffer from really bad heyfever and feeling awful already...



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2010, 01:18 AM   3
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I got horrid allergies this season! I use store-brand saline nasal spray to keep my sinuses hydrated (perfectly safe in pregnancy), a vaporizer in my room at night which helped, and this hot honey-lemon-water mix that seemed to work amazing. I boiled the honey and water together (to rid some of the natural sugars in the honey), then added the lemon, although I've heard it works just as well if you add both after.

I've never tried the apple cider vinegar + water, although my grandmother and mother both got real bad allergies while pregnant and would just take straight ACV.



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2010, 07:40 AM   4
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I have heard that if you regularly eat some local honey that can help with hayfever - the tiny amount of pollen in the honey naturally desensitises you to the pollen that is in the air over time. Has to be local though as types of pollen vary from area to area

I haven't tried it myself but the theory sounds good at least



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2010, 07:42 AM   5
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Oops - also forgot to mention that for skin allergies, try running the bath water through a muslin bag containing porridge oats. They are a natural antihistamine



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2010, 08:19 AM   6
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Don't know about prevention, but if you're having an outbreak of hayfever, you're meant to avoid citrus (other than lemons) and strawberries, as they can boost your overactive immune response. Local honey does help. Don't know about anyone else, but I've found that echinacea makes my allergy attacks worse (immune booster effect?).

Diphenhydramine (Benedryl) is meant to be safe in preganancy (class B) if you're having really bad outbreak. It's also used as a sleep aid, so it will make you drowsy. In my experience, it tends to loose it's effectiveness after a week of constant usage, so I save it for the very worst of allergy attacks.



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Old Apr 14th, 2010, 09:28 AM   7
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local honey definately helps if it's hayfever, but you have to be quite strict about it and have it regularly, not just on the odd ocassion otherwise it won't do much.
in the height of the season I always make sure I keep the bedroom windows & doors shut, and don't go in there apart from at night, and shower right before going to bed - that helps a good night's sleep!



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2010, 09:31 AM   8
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I have hayfever and my doc gave me Haycrom eye drops and a nasal spray, he wont let me have medication.



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