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Anybody else have allergies and feel like they are a million times worse when pregnant? Maybe it's just because I cease taking my Claritin during this time... I swear it's worse than ever this year!
If anybody has any suggestions to help alleviate some of the symptoms, I'll gladly listen! I've tried several things over the years, but Claritin has been the only thing that really does anything... Help!

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I'm right there with you! I don't have diagnosed allergies but my sinuses are always so bad and they are so so so bad this year!!!! I need relief too!! I'm on the northeast (well mid atlantic) and our weather has been so back and forth with humid days and not so humid days but that doesn't help!
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I have to take both Claritin and Singulair. I have asthma that gets much worse with pregnancy and so allergy meds are simply not optional for me, unfortunately. But both are category B meds and are very safe. If it's a choice between taking a category B and being absolutely miserable, I'd take the meds any day.

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I had an OB tell me to stop taking Claritin, but this was back in 2003 (I was taking it daily to prevent migraines). She had read some research that it could cause some malformations in boys' penises (urethra openings)?? I actually stopped having migraines during pregnancy and later determined my headache triggers so I haven't had to take Claritin daily in a long time.

I hope you find some relief!

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Some websites recommend using a neti pot, but I've never found that to help at all. I'm not worried about Claritin since every doctors I've spoken with says it's fine, though I would obviously rather not take anything at all. But I can't function without it and my asthma gets dangerous during pregnancy, so I'm just stuck. It's frustrating.

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Well I turned on the AC, my air purifier and am TRYING to stay indoors. Although with having a garage sale tomorrow, I've spent most of today outside! I prefer not to take any meds except a Tylenol if I absolutely need it, but if this doesn't quit I may resort to going back on the Claritin. But I want to ask both my chiropractor and my midwife what they think first...
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look what I found! Good news about Claritin and this is the study that my OB at the time was referring to way back when. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=31597
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Seems like something different works for everyone, but here are some things that help me:

Wishgarden Herbs makes tinctures that are safe for pregnancy, and I've successfully used the allergy and cold formulas. Instead of a neti pot (too messy and I don't want to bother boiling water each time), I get a saline solution spray can from the pharmacy and use it in the shower to irrigate my sinuses every single day. I also use an air purifier and try to wash my clothes more often. I know the latter sounds weird, but it helps for any items you tend to re-wear without washing each time, like jeans or hoodies. If you've spent a high pollen day outside in your favorite hoodie, you'll continue to breathe that pollen in every time you wear it unwashed. Same goes for your hair, too.

I had a good routine going with daily nettles tea and local honey, but that's over with the pregnancy. Everything's dead from the heat right now, but I'll have to see how I do without the tea when the pollen makers come back to life this fall.
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Seems like something different works for everyone, but here are some things that help me:
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I had a good routine going with daily nettles tea and local honey, but that's over with the pregnancy. Everything's dead from the heat right now, but I'll have to see how I do without the tea when the pollen makers come back to life this fall.
Curious why you can't do nettles in pregnancy; it's one of the main ingredients in my pregnancy tea. Also local honey- why not? Never seen those on a danger list before.

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I have tried nettles, goldenrod tea my brother swears by, local honey... None of the natural remedies ever seemed to make a difference for me. The one thing I have done, but haven't done it since I was a teenager, was to go vegan one fall, and my allergies all but dissapeared. But that's much easier said than done! I wonder if it's so bad because of all the junk I've been eating? Maybe the more sugar than normal? I'm sure that's not helping! I will ask my midwife about Claritin just to get her opinion, and possibly go back on it, though. I can barely function these days!

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Curious why you can't do nettles in pregnancy; it's one of the main ingredients in my pregnancy tea. Also local honey- why not? Never seen those on a danger list before.

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Local honey is usually out because it needs to be raw to have any effect, and raw honey carries as risk of botulism.

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Curious why you can't do nettles in pregnancy; it's one of the main ingredients in my pregnancy tea. Also local honey- why not? Never seen those on a danger list before.

~Alison M
I've seen conflicting accounts on nettles - either it's great for pregnancy or it's a uterine stimulant that shouldn't be used during this time. I don't have access to an experienced herbalist, so I was avoiding it just to be safe. Now that you've mentioned it, though, I see that Susan Weed recommends it, which seems like a pretty reliable endorsement.

@randic116 : The vegan connection may be dairy. I've had several doctors recommend eschewing dairy during allergy season. It's hard to do when my daughter and partner are crazy about cheese and yogurt, but I may try again.
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I had an OB tell me to stop taking Claritin, but this was back in 2003 (I was taking it daily to prevent migraines). She had read some research that it could cause some malformations in boys' penises (urethra openings)?? I actually stopped having migraines during pregnancy and later determined my headache triggers so I haven't had to take Claritin daily in a long time.

I hope you find some relief!
You can't take Claritin D but you can take regular Claritin. Maybe that's why they told you to stop.
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Local honey is usually out because it needs to be raw to have any effect, and raw honey carries as risk of botulism.
This is only a risk for babies under 1. It's a different kind of botulism than in spoiled food. It has to do with their belly not being fully developed.
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