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Old 12-14-2006, 08:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello,

I'm trying to find out if anyone has had this experience. I developed allergies in my late 20's. They went away when I was pregnant with my first and stay gone while I nurse. I'm just weaning my second babe and my allergies are returning with a vengeance. I've never been able to figure out what I'm allergic to but obviously it's hormonally related. I finally got my period back today (after two years post-partum!). I'm thrilled but these allergies are killing me. Ideas?

Thanks, Deb
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:29 PM
 
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I don't have an answer for you as I'm in the same boat! Looking forward to hearing what others have to say on this.
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Interesting. My allergies seemed to get a lot better after my DD was born. I got pregnant again just a couple of months after getting my period back, and I'm still nursing #2, so I don't know what will happen after I finally stop nursing. I had never heard anyone else say pregnancy/nursing seemed to lessen their allergies until now.
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I know that the immune system has to "stand down" to allow pregnancy to persist. Ever since I got pregnant, my asthma has been virtually gone, and that has continued as I have nursed. I do not know why these changes persist during nursing.

The other piece of information I have heard is that those with auto-immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis often experience a remission during pregnancy, but that after a short honeymoon period, a worse flare of symptoms may be experienced after the baby is born. There is some thinking that breastfeeding may increase this honeymoon period, but not indefinitely.
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