Hay Fever During Pregnancy

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Hay fever is among the most common allergies, affecting one in four people in the UK. It’s typically triggered by grass pollen and can lead to a range of unpleasant symptoms.

Pregnant women undergo a range of hormonal changes, which can weaken their immune system and leave them more susceptible to allergies like hay fever.

If you’re pregnant and are experiencing intense hay fever symptoms, it’s recommended you speak to a doctor.

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What Causes Hay Fever During Pregnancy?

Hay fever is so common that many people dismiss the problem as trivial. However, for those suffering from the condition, it can have a massive impact on their day-to-day lives.

On top of all the physical changes you’re going through during pregnancy, having to cope with hay fever can be a real problem.

Symptoms can range from sneezing, a runny nose and feeling stuffed up to difficulties sleeping and even swelling.

Hay fever sends your immune system into overdrive, causing it to perceive pollen from grass, trees and plants as a dangerous attack on your body.

In an attempt to fight off this ‘attack’ – your body activates all its defences, causing the symptoms of hay fever.

Pregnancy can make these symptoms much worse and harder to deal with, since mothers-to-be are often advised to steer clear of certain kinds of medication.

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Treating Hay Fever During Pregnancy

Tackling hay fever in pregnant women can be slightly more difficult than normal, since your body already has a range of hormonal changes to contend with.

Avoiding potential triggers is usually advised, especially during peak pollen seasons, however, this isn’t always possible.

While most mothers-to-be are advised to avoid many types of medication, in some cases, symptoms can be so severe that medicine will be recommended.

If you’re experiencing a severe attack of hay fever during your pregnancy, don’t delay – speak to a doctor today and they may recommend nasal sprays or eye drops to help you.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, recommend the best course of treatment and if needed, prescribe medication that’s safe for your and your baby to help you manage hay fever symptoms.

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