Winter allergies are different from seasonal cold and cough but most people lack awareness about triggering factors and symptoms, especially during pregnancy. During pregnancy, body undergoes hormonal changes which make the immune system more sensitive and more prone to allergies so it is advisable to follow the below preventive measures to help yourself fight allergic reactions during pregnancy:
Keep smokers at bay: While smoking is injurious to health, secondhand smoking is equally harmful, especially during pregnancy. Therefore, while smoking is prohibited when pregnant, you should also keep smokers at bay to avoid inhaling the smoke.
Stay away from chemicals, dust, pollens: Products like paint, thinners, dust and pollen grains can also trigger allergies. While you should try and avoid these chemicals and allergens, wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen and dust out of your eyes, and remove your shoes and wash your hands and face if you come in contact with them.
Ask for Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines: Although, OTC antihistamines are safe during pregnancy, they do have some side effects such as making you sleepy and causing fatigue. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before taking one.
Identify Triggers: As mentioned above, be alert to any factors that trigger sudden reactions in your child. If too harsh, get an allergy test done and consult a doctor.