Question: I’m nine weeks along, and my allergies have really bugging me. I usually take Zyrtec for it, but my mom says that I shouldn’t have it at all now, and that it could hurt my baby. Can I take allergy medication while I’m pregnant? Help!
Answer: We hear you! Depending on where you live, you’re probably right in the thick of spring allergy season right now. Just like with taking cold medication while you’re pregnant, you need to find an allergy medication that’s been on the market for awhile. The longer it’s been available, the more medical testing has been done on it.
Allergy meds that are believed to be safe for pregnant women include Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and Loratadine (Claritin). Make sure to check with your doctor before taking allergy medicine while pregnant, though! If you haven’t already had your first prenatal visit, make sure to schedule it so you have a healthy pregnancy. Lifetime can help you locate an Ob-gyn near you, and we can also help you find assistance if you’re having issues with the costs. Just text us or call us at 1-800-923-6784.
While you wait to hear back from your doctor about whether you can take Benadryl or Claritin, we suggest you try a neti pot. Neti pots are an awesome tool for flushing the allergens and mucus out of your sinuses. If you’ve never seen a neti pot, it’s a small container that you fill with a saline solution. Then, just lean over your sink, tilt your head sideways, and insert the neti pot spout into your upper nostril. As you pour, the saline solution goes into one nostril and out the other. It sounds pretty gross, but it does work!