Treating allergies during pregnancy

Many women throughout the world suffer from allergies. Depending on the severity of their allergies, some women opt to take medication for these allergies, whether these medications be over the counter or prescription. But what happens when a woman who suffers from allergies becomes pregnant? Is it safe to continue taking these allergy medications, or should the allergy medication usage be put to a halt? The answer can be somewhat complicated.

In short, there is not enough evidence showing a direct effect to a human fetus from taking allergy medications. But this is not because the medications have proven to be safe; this is because the tests simply haven’t been done. The only tests that have been done are through animals. Pregnant animals who have been given allergy medications have not had any harm done to their fetuses. However, this is the extent of the research. Because of this, it can be assumed that allergy medications would be safe for humans as well, but it cannot be guaranteed. This is simply due to the fact that a human’s and an animal’s anatomy is not exactly identical. Therefore, it cannot be fully speculated that the drugs are safe.

So then should women take allergy medications during pregnancy or not? What has been suggested is that women should balance out the severity of their allergies to the potential harm the medication might have on their fetus. For example, if a woman has only minor allergies, then it would be recommended to avoid allergy medications altogether during pregnancy. However, if a woman suffers from severe allergies to the point that it interferes with her daily life, then she should be more inclined to take her allergy medication. All women should keep in mind, however, that allergy medication may possibly impact the development of their fetus. The exact risks are unconfirmed, but they are still probable. Still, some experts believe that actually not taking the allergy medication will prove to be harmful, since the allergy symptoms provoked might directly affect the fetus somehow.

In the end, it is up to the woman to decide whether or not she wants to take the medication. If she is unsure or wants a second opinion, there is always the option of asking a medical professional on what they believe would be the best option. Most likely the severity of the allergies and the possible risk will be balanced to decide what is to happen.