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#1 of 11 Old 03-20-2003, 06:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My allergies are killing me. How can I deal with them while I am pregnant?
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I'm having shocking allergies too - the only things I do are sniff a little eucalyptus oil on a tissue and inhale steam when I feel totally blocked in the sinuses
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I sympathize. I'm dreading the day I have to stop taking claritin. I don't have any ideas, but hope that you start to feel better!
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Oooh yes I'd like to know too! Never used claritin, but I LIVE on antihistamines and such during the spring time! I'm just starting to get the itchy eyes and runny nose...

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the only way I get around it is to see a homeopath. They can give you remedies that are safe whilst pregnant.
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Claritan is safe to take while preggers. I only needed to take it in the end of 2nd tri and all of 3rd though so maybe it isnt good for early on? You may want to ask your midwife or ob about it.
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Quercitin and stinging nettles are great for allergies-- nettles are super nutritious anyway, and often recomended FOR pregnancy (but don't quote me, I'm no expert). Quercitin is found in citrus and buckwheat, so maybe you could eat all of those things.

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You might try LOCALLY procured bee pollen, my midwife was telling me that some people get releif from their allergies from *local* bee pollen because the bees are rubbing up against all the stuff that makes you sneezy and it's in such minute amounts in the pollen that it works like a homeopathic remedy to reduce/releive allergy symptoms. Getting it from someone local is the key, though... the bees have to be in contact with the stuff that makes you react, any old pollen from any old bees won't give you the same effect.

I have'nt tried it, because my allergies are pretty mild. But it certainly could'nt hurt, and bee pollen has plenty of good stuff in it for you and baby anyway. I *do* take nettles though, but not for allergies. It's good stuff as well, I take it for its kidney supporting qualities.

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My midwife and OB both ok'd claritin D 24 hour for my allergy problems after I got out of the first trimester.
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my allergies are really bad, too; they worsened 10-fold during pregnancy. my midwife ok'd rhinocort/flonase, as neither is systemic and will not cross the placenta; she made a great point that allergies are very depressing for most folx and suffering thru them is unwise during this time. good luck!
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My dh and several co-workers have had NAET treatments. It's done by an acupuncturist and has worked wonders! It's a natural allergy treatment for all kinds of allergies. You can do a search on the internet for an acupuncturist certified in this technique. Believe me, it sounds totally hokey when you hear how it's done, but it WORKS.
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