Unfortunately, in pregnancy, moms are already prone to stuffy noses, due to a condition called “pregnancy rhinitis” (sounds so much worse than it is, really!) where hormones and additional blood volume result in swelling of the mucous membranes. This can also cause sinus headaches, sneezing, and coughing. In fact, it can be easy for mamas to mistake these symptoms for allergies or the common cold.
Below are some ideas that work to support the respiratory system from all:
- Drink lots of fluids, especially fluids with low sugar and electrolytes, to replenish the fluid your body used in mucous production.
- Sleep with your head elevated, to assist with drainage.
- Take a warm bath, where you add a palm full of coconut oil mixed with a drop each of eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, and rosemary essential oils. The steam, along with the essential oils, work to clear the nasal passage. You will want to use a high-quality oil, such as those provided with Kim Lineweaver. Contact her: (480) 227-8071 or email her at KLdoterra@gmail.com
- Daily yoga or other moderate exercise is helpful in reducing the mucous membranes to a manageable size.
- A tablespoon daily of apple cider vinegar with “the mother” can help reduce symptoms. You can use this as a mixer in salad dressing, while you’re getting your daily greens!
- Homeopathic Remedies safe in pregnancy:
- Allium cepa – Relieves runny nose associated with allergies
- Ambrosia artemisiaefolia – Relieves spasmodic cough associated with hay fever
- Euphrasia officinalis – Relieves burning, irritated eyes
- Sabadilla – Relieves sneezing associated with allergies
- Additional sage advice from Blue Russ, of Blue Russ Health Coaching http://blue-russ.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/:
Allergies usually lessen in severity with an increase in fresh fruits and vegetables and a decrease in processed, refined foods. There are also specific strategies I’ve seen work wonders:
1. Raw, local honey is a great way to treat and prevent allergies. My clients have had amazing results from a daily spoonful.
2. Taking a high quality fish oil supplement can help by reducing inflammation in the body.
3. The neti pot or saline spray are great tools to flush out dust and pollen. I recommend doing this twice a day during allergy season.
4. Make extra time for activities that reduce stress – schedule at least 3 times a week for baths, jogging, reading a book, meditating, whatever relieves your stress!
Everyone’s body is a little different, so please talk with your midwife or other healthcare professional, for advice specific to your body’s needs.
And enjoy the blooms and bright sunshine!