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Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

Please help, I'm suffering!! I've been prescribed Zyrtec and an inhaler, but I'm still dying like never before. The allergies combined with the pregnancy rhinitis are pure misery!

So, what I'm asking for are tips - Old Wives' Tales, Legends, Tricks, and so on that might help me.

** My doctor will NOT let me take any more drugs, so please don't say this or that drug is safe during pregnancy. Don't torture me that way!! **

Here is what I've got so far:
  • Eat red meat
  • Shower and wash hair before bed
  • Open windows in morning for fresh air and then keep closed all day
  • Change bedding every few days
  • Stay inside on super nice days
  • Saline rinse with Neti Pot

I know you've got more. That crazy idea your grandma had - I want to hear it! Thanks everyone!!
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

If you've got hayfever, try eating locally-produced honey. It will contain small amounts of local pollen, which may help you build up an immunity towards it.
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

Get a hepa filter for inside the house and maybe try that "local honey" that folks are often talking about here - if I remember right, it is a thing to ask for at the pharmacy.

Also, there exists filters made for windows that screen out pollen while allowing (some) fresh air in. This in combination with hepa filter may help clear things up.


Thinking about it, I'd say to not necessarily skip going outside (unless your allergies are worse outside than in) BUT make sure that you shower and wash hair when you come in "for the day" rather than waiting til bedtime.
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

honey advice is spot on great prevention. also take care of the teas you drink, chamomille is basically what causes allergies for many people so don't drink that if your allergies are getting to you. steaming with tea tree or any oil that doesnt bother you is good too. i find that holding sinus pressure points makes them feel better too.

good luck, that is no fun especially during pregnancy when sinus issues can be a problem already...

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honey advice is spot on great prevention. also take care of the teas you drink, chamomille is basically what causes allergies for many people so don't drink that if your allergies are getting to you. steaming with tea tree or any oil that doesnt bother you is good too. i find that holding sinus pressure points makes them feel better too.

good luck, that is no fun especially during pregnancy when sinus issues can be a problem already...
Ah, had forgotten! Chamomile is in the same "protein family" as goldenrod / ragweed and a number of other things (including birch trees I believe). Amaraya is right, if you're allergic to those things, better to stay away from chamomile (including the moist wipes with chamomile - figured that one out the hard way).

Amaraya mentioning the sinus pressure points and tea tree oil reminds me also, some of the strong chewing gum here works wonders if I'm stuffy. Airwaves has eucalyptus which helps me breathe, also gums with "xylitol" help in some way I've read, plus the chewing action helps loosen things up on it's own if you're stuffy.

(Evilshell beat me to the honey too )

This year has got me bad, I thought I was sick, turns out I've got my first major asthma issues since I quit my job in optics (so about 8yrs) so I've been put on an inhaler and zyrtec as well.
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

This is so great! Thanks, guys... I am SOOOO happy to know about the Chamomile. I had avoided chamomile for years because I had had an allergic reaction to a skin care line formulated with chamomile. Recently, I had forgotten about that and considered getting some chamomile teas or bath salts given its reputation as being soothing. So glad I didn't!!

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy an air purifier for the apartment?

I'm also going to look into the local honey. I did that with great success in Oregon, but obviously didn't know where to look for the honey here. The stuff I got in Migros that was "Swiss Honey" apparently didn't do much! So, I will definitely ask at the pharmacy.

Sorry to you're suffering too, Peg A! I hope you find some relief, too!!
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

I read that Chamomile is a natural anti histamine, this is confusing. I have rampant allergies I might try cutting that out and see if it helps. I have also been drinking thyme tea - anyone know of anything lurking in there?
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

thyme is known to be great, amazing stuff for asthma- but it can be different for so many people. peg, if asthma is an issue, next time youre in lausanne hit me up and i can show you some really easy yoga (basically just different ways to sit for a spell) that will relieve and help breathing.

also i find using a neti pot helps me before i get congested- prevention, but gets tough once i am stuffy, but it definitely helps avoid alot as i havent been sick yet (knock on my head)
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I read that Chamomile is a natural anti histamine, this is confusing. I have rampant allergies I might try cutting that out and see if it helps. I have also been drinking thyme tea - anyone know of anything lurking in there?
Here is an easy-to-understand article about "Oral Allergy Syndrome". I've read others, when I first heard of it, it was a major "ah ha!" moment for me as I've had hay fever from ragweed for a long time and odd oral symptoms from eating specific things (cucumber, bananas and certain melons), to see that they're linked and having a reasonable explanation was great.

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OAS occurs in some people who are already sensitive to pollen, especially ragweed pollen, when they eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Symptoms usually occur right after eating. The foods that are most likely to trigger OAS symptoms in people allergic to ragweed pollen include:
  • Bananas
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Zucchini
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chamomile tea
  • Echinacea, an herb sometimes used to treat allergies
Reading that now though, actually strikes another "ah ha!" (as Nil says, I'll go to bed less stupid today). I used to eat sunflower seeds to help stay awake on my way home from work the last couple years I was working as my drive was 45min long and I was often making it after 9pm. At that time, I was having major problems with recurrent bronchial difficulties... I'd never thought to "blame" the sunflower seeds!


I've read elsewhere, if you AVOID eating those foods that are linked to the pollen allergy, it could help lessen your reaction. I think the honey may work as the pollen is somewhat processed perhaps, it seems to make sense to me as those things that bother me (particularly bananas and cucumber) bother me less if they have been cooked or somehow altered as with cucumbers being pickled.
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

Stay away from perfume.
Stay indoors until whatever is getting you has finished pollenating

.... you'll probably feel much better as of tomorrow becaus the rain with wash the pollen into the ground.
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

I found that this site really helps for indicating which pollen might be causing you problems, I think birch is my enemy

http://www.polleninfo.org/index.php?...nd=switzerland

The diary is useful too

https://www.pollendiary.com/Phd/
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

If you don't find the local honey, I can suggest trying the healthfood store at Zurich HB:
http://www.railcity.ch/index_zuerich...09_ug2_zp_egli

They are open every day....
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Ah haaaa..... yes ..... pure honey. Try and get the honey still in the honeycombe, and then you chew on the wax until it dissolves itself and slides down your throat. Naturapaths say the wax made by the bees is the part that helps with asthmatic allergies.

And the honey should be taken all thru the winter months, to prepare you for the spring pollens.

An old fashioned tip about buying honey ..... Turn the bottle upside down and the bubble should slide upwards in the MIDDLE of the honey. If it creeps up the side of the bottle it is not pure.
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

Apply a layer of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) just inside the nostrils to trap the offending allergens.

Hope you get some relief soon!
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

I understand you plight. Try and make a mountain of pillows to keep your head alleviate as in sitting position at night...but i dont know with the pregnancy if this is good enough.

Do you like onions ... it has a strong smell..that helps to unblock nose... put it by your pillow or bed lamp stand or hold it close to your nose.
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I googled this, hope it helps you

http://ezinearticles.com/?Rhinitis--...itis&id=467019

I also read about ginger tea, boiling water, scratch some ginger root and drink it twice a day.
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

So many good tips and good vibes! Thank you EFers!!

On the doctor's suggestion I went completely neurotic and cleaned the dickens out of our bedroom last night. The rest of the apartment tonight and tomorrow. It actually helped a lot so it must have been bathed in pollen...

I'm definitely getting some Thyme tea asap. The asthma and the congestion are the worst part. I finally was able to use the Neti Pot last night and it was such a huge relief (for a few hours).

Thanks again for all of the positive thoughts. They help as much as the remedies!!
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

I can give you some advice about what health (ie. natural, mineral and vitamin supplements to take that will help Rhinitis, hayfever and will have the added effect of being good for the pregnancy anyway:

Zinc, (preferably as zinc citrate or zinc glycinate 30mg per day is a good and safe dose and easiest absorbed and utilised) - helps the immune system function correctly, is essential for reproductive health (and hence very important during pregnancy) a ton of enzyme reactions as well as digestive health etc...

Vitamin C - try and get an acerola based vitamin C or a buffered Vitamin C so that it is not as synthetic as the standard "ascorbic acid" - you can take 500mg a day very safely and up to 1000mg per day if you are feeling really low (ie. quite sick with hayfever) again, vitamin C is critical for proper functioning of the immune system as well as a bunch of other aspects of health and is perfectly safe during pregnancy.

Magnesium - this is again essential for general health during pregnancy particularly as it helps the body to produce energy naturally, so that will help to compensate for any tiredness or additional pregnancy stress that saps the energy away from the immune system, causing it to not function correctly - leading towards the extra hayfever and rhinitis.

Try and take Magnesium in the form of Magnesium Citrate as it has one of the best absorption rates - taking a standard 600mg per day will help with energy production, sleep, muscle relaxation (helps prevent premature contractions and muscle cramps and leg twitches as well)

If you need somewhere to order from, try www.iherb.com - I get all my supplements from there as they have great shipping rates to switzerland and if you keep your order below 1.5kg approx of weight then it only costs 4usd.

Let me know if you need any other advice or info. I have been studying Nutritional Medicine and have just finished my last course to get my diploma, so will be in practice :-)
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

I'm so sorry for you because I know exactly how you are feeling. I always have the AC on during the springtime, but with the lack of AC here I am in pure hell. I am going on my 4th day with no voice (thanks to the post-nasal drip) and wake up every night wheezing and coughing my brains out. I literally cannot imagine being pregnant and having to deal with this.

So, I did not read through ALL of the responses, so I hope I am not repeating anything. But here is what I am doing -

Eye drops from Apotheke - Spersallerg
Nasal spray - Beconase
(To me, these aren't drugs. If they are drugs to you, just disregard).
Vitamin C tablets in an orange tube called "Redoxon." You put them in a glass of water and wait for them to dissolve. I take 3 of these per day. Yes, it's 3000 mg of Vitamin C, yes I know that it may not be helpful and I may just be overdoing it, but I don't care. There is the possibility that high doses of Vitamin C will act as an antihistamine and I am willing to do anything.
YES - showering every night is an absolute must.
I am not opening windows at all. Does this mean that when I come home from being out my apartment smells super stuffy and yucky? Yes. But I don't care bc I adjust to the stuffy/smelliness within 1 minute and it's def. def. worth it.
Hold icepacks on eyes if they are itching terribly.
Get an air filter or small air conditioner to go in apartment. I haven't gotten this yet, but my husband and I are going to look this weekend. I emailed our realtor and have found that in switzerland you need a license to get one that goes in the window, or has a box outside, but there are similar, smaller ones that you can put inside. If anyone has any other info about this I would love to know more before I go shopping.

I have recently started looking into acupuncture for allergy treatment. I know that the results are questionable, but like you, am willing to try almost anything as I have never suffered from allergies like I am suffering here. Apparently it is safe during pregnancy, may even reduce some pregnancy symptoms, and is covered by most "additional insurances."

The leaves are coming out, and hopefully we will be finished with this nonsense in the next few weeks! Good luck!
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Re: Natural Allergy Reduction Tips for Pregnancy

honey (not sure if it works, but tastes good). Vaseline in the nose definitely works and saved me during my pregnancy!

Don't dry your washing outside (or at least not stuff that will be near your face e.g. pillow cases)

Change as soon as you get home, put clothes in wash and shower and wash hair. Don't open windows in the evening.

Or listen to my husband..."It's all psychological, the best thing to do is ignore it and go jogging in the evening so your body gets used to the pollen" I won't repeat what I said to him...
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