Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Natural Remedies For Allergy Relief During Pregnancy

If you have always suffered from allergic rhinitis, your condition may worsen during pregnancy. Even if you have never experienced allergies, pregnancy may cause your nose to be runny or congested at times. According to babycenter.com, up to 30% of pregnant women suffer from this condition known as Pregnancy Rhinitis.

Why do your allergies worsen during pregnancy?
"Higher amounts of estrogen during pregnancy can contribute to swelling in the mucous membranes lining the nose and even cause you to make more mucus. What's more, the amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, which may cause swelling in the tiny blood vessels in the lining of your nose and congestion in the surrounding tissue. Other hormones may also play a role." - babycenter.com
I have personally experienced this worsening of my allergic rhinitis condition during pregnancy. The worsening occurred almost at the start of pregnancy and only disappeared after delivery. It was especially hard to get a good night's sleep as my nose was frequently congested and I would be up sneezing and blowing my nose away.

Some antihistamines are not safe to be taken during pregnancy. Do consult with a medical professional on what you can take during pregnancy. I shared my experience here.

I wished I had done more research on my own back then to discover natural, drug-free remedies for allergy relief during pregnancy. Through my time blogging, I have discovered these natural remedies which may help to alleviate your allergic rhinitis or pregnancy rhinitis:

Nasal Strip
Breathe Right nasal strip helps in relieving nasal congestion. These drug-free nasal strips gently lift nasal passages open to improve airflow and come in various sizes

Haymax is an award wining organic balm for the nose that has been tested to trap allergens before it enters the body. Prevention is key.

Neti Pot or Sinus Rinse 
Neti Pot helps to rinse out the allergens and excess mucus from your sinus passages. Many allergy patients find this little pot greatly improved their breathing. Be sure to use sterile water or saline solution when using the Neti Pot

I personally use this Sinus Rinse as I am not confident of using the Neti Pot. I have used saline nasal spray before as well, but found the spray pressure too strong and triggered my sneezing fits instead. I find this Sinus Rinse easy to use and pretty effective.

Essential Oils 
Essential oils are aroma compounds extracted from plant parts. They have been used medicinally in history. Here are some essential oils which are good for allergies:

Lavender: calms, antiviral and has natural antihistamine properties

Eucalyptus: relieves respiratory symptoms and headaches, ease breathing and scratchy throats, antiviral

Lemon: cleansing, protect immunity, antiviral and relieve excess mucous

Peppermint: antiviral, ease breathing, fights infection, helps congestion, relieves headaches and opens airways

Bacteria living in the gut and the digestive tract are linked to our immune health. It is said that the gut houses 70% of your immune system. Thus it is important to balance the good bacteria (probiotics) with the bad to maintain a healthy gut. A daily dose of probiotics may help to manage your allergic response to pollens and other allergens.

Apple Cider Vinegar + Raw honey
Some people find this natural remedy useful in alleviating their allergies. Read more here

Spiritual approach to healing
Some believe that the root of allergies lies in our psychological-emotional state of mind. This form of self-healing is pretty fascinating and worth a read if you are interested in such alternative healing. I have written 3 parts on this topic. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Lastly, do not forget that a sensible and healthy diet is also important. This includes eating more allergy fighting food and limiting or avoiding food that tends to worsen allergies (read more here).

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