Pretty much all my life I never suffered from seasonal allergies. My daughter is almost 3 years old. Last March I was in Dallas and suffered from itchy eyes for the 2 weeks I was there and very perplexed.. but once I got back to Seattle I was fine.
Two days back I took a stroll in a park and came down with the full caboodle.. sneezes, itchy eyes, stuffed nose, puffy face etc. No question about it - seasonal allergies. For the first time in my life...and I am pregnant.
I am in the throes of a mini-depression.
Please... share some positive stories...like
1) Ladies miraculously getting rid of seasonal allergies they acquired during pregnancy
2) Some magic cures - allopathy, homeopathy, NAET, energy-healing, voodoo :-)
3)Some survival techniques during pregnancy..especially what to use for itchy eyes?
Anything to uplift me- please mamas ... :-(
I will be watching to see if others have some great suggestions. I wake up with an itchy throat and congestion around 3am every night and can't go back to sleep after that! It blows.
Don't worry - it will go away after you give birth. I do recall from my last pregnancy (my daughter is also 3) that I had a very stuffy, runny nose and that is not uncommon in preg. Your body is more sensitive to keeping out things that bother it.
I have read that there are a couple OTC meds you can take during preg. I don't wish to take them. I'm pondering getting an air purifier for my room since I have my worst symtoms at night. Also I think maybe a neti pot may help? Oh and I almost forgot - I have been getting acupuncture weekly (started before pregnancy for infertility) and they have been adding points for allergies. I do notice that my symptoms are MUCH better after - but it usually only lasts for about 3 days after. I go to a community acupcunture clinic so it is much cheaper than private practice ($20/visit and $15 for 2nd visit in same week).
As for itchy eyes. They sell eye drops that have antihistamines in them - they work like a charm. I've used them a few times in the past with no side effects. I just can't recall if they are ok for preg or not. I'd find them at the pharmacy (they are OTC) and ask the pharmacist.
Mama to my veggie girl (1/09) and my sweet rainbow baby (9/12).
Honestly, my magic secret is 10mg Zyrtec once/day. The trees here are somethin' else I'm okay with taking it in the second trimester during those really tough pollen-filled weeks