Allergies are such a thing that cannot be always predicted from beforehand. Allergy history can indeed say what kind of interaction with what food or object stands to throw up what kind of allergic symptoms. But many times, the mother’s immunity system can prove to be allergic to new things or even old things, during the course of pregnancy.
In such cases, allergy testing is carried out. Skin testing is a common form of allergy testing, where the skin is pricked with very small amounts of potential allergens, to see the accompanying reactions that it sets off.
Common symptoms that the mother maybe suffering from an allergic reaction are:
- Nasal congestion and sneezing
- Watery eyes and itchy eyes are all signs of allergy, usually hay fever.
- Some allergies can cause hives — raised bumps that itch
- Facial swelling or itchy and red skin.
Most allergies are cured and kept under check by using over-the-counter medicines. But before buying any OTC medicine or antihistamines, make sure to consult a doctor and ensure that the recommended medicine is marked pregnancy-safe.
Allergies are common occurrence and seldom pose a major harm to the baby. Unless someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) that impedes airflow during pregnancy, their baby probably will not be affected at all.
But as we previously said, mothers who have a recorded history of being susceptible to certain kinds of allergy reactions should try their best to avoid specific allergens.
- Staying away from dust-filled sofas or corners of the house.
- Stay away from the people who smoke.
- Stay away from pets, especially cats and dogs whose fur falls out a lot
- If mothers are allergic to pollen, then do not go out in the evening especially to the gardens and lawns.
- If one is allergic to certain kinds of foods, one should stay away from them. Make sure to carefully check labels too; some ingredients which could be potential allergens would only appear in fine print.
Never take allergy shots – the kinds you have not been earlier exposed to before pregnancy – while carrying your baby. Because one may never know, how the medicine would react with the mother’s body and what kind of reactions it will throw up.