/ August 8, 2011/ General, Nasal Irrigation, Pregnancy rhinitis/ 1 comments

During pregnancy, the body is going through many changes as it supports the growing fetus. At this time, it is much more important to be aware of the substances entering the body than during other life stages. Dealing with infections and other ailments during pregnancy is difficult because of the effect that medications could have on the fetus. Therefore, natural remedies are the safest method of alleviating any symptoms.

Pregnancy rhinitis is a condition similar to allergic rhinitis and is quite common among pregnant women—in fact, 20 to 30% of all pregnant women experience this condition to some degree. The difference between pregnancy rhinitis and allergic rhinitis seems to be the cause. Allergic rhinitis is caused by substances such as pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, pollutants, toxins, etc., while it is not clearly known what causes pregnancy rhinitis. One theory is that hormonal changes during pregnancy cause swelling of the nasal mucosa and excess mucus production.

Pregnancy rhinitis occurs when the nasal passages experience inflammation or itching, causing excess production of mucus, nasal congestion, and runny nose. In addition, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, cold, mild flu, discomfort, headache and irritability often occur. All these problems affect the quality of sleep, causing fatigue. The body is working extra hard during pregnancy and additional fatigue will only make the body work that much harder. In addition, the same substances causing allergic rhinitis can further aggravate the symptoms of pregnancy rhinitis.

How can you treat pregnancy rhinitis? There are several options for this condition: antihistamines, over-the-counter (OTC) nasal decongestants, corticosteroid nasal sprays, and antibiotics. However, these treatments are rarely without side effects and most people would prefer to avoid taking medications during pregnancy. You should always consult your physician before pursuing any of these treatments.

Okay, so how can you alleviate your symptoms naturally and avoid the need for prescription medications? Saline nasal irrigation is an alternative remedy that uses natural ingredients and is effective for treating pregnancy rhinitis.

The Sinus Rinse squeeze bottle system operates on a high volume and low positive pressure principle. It delivers enough volume of saline solution through the nasal passage to ensure thorough cleansing; at the same time, low pressure ensures that no irritation or damage is caused to the delicate nasal passages. The Neti Pot, on the other hand, uses gravity flow to carry the saline solution through the nasal passage. Some people prefer this method instead and this system has existed throughout the world for thousands of years.

 

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About Alisha Mehta

My name is Alisha Mehta and I am a graduate student at Tufts University, working on my MS in Nutrition Communications and Didactic Program in Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian. I grew up in Northern California where the Redwood forests, mountains, and beaches are abundant—of course, all these outdoor opportunities cannot come without allergies. I have been through (and continue to deal with) my fair share of allergy and sinus issues. As a weary sufferer of sinus problems, I became a daily user of Sinus Rinse ever since its development. I am passionate about natural health, food, nutrition, and fitness. Through this blog, I hope to create an ongoing dialogue on sinuses, allergies, and any additional health topics of interest. Please share any and all of your experiences and questions.

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  1. I wish I would have thought about NeilMed products when I was pregnant… oh boy did I suffer!  I have year round allergies as it is and I ended up going without!!!  I have tried these products and can certainly vouch that they truely work!!There is no horrible aftertaste either ( my opinion) that would add to morning sickness!!! Kudos to U NeilMed!!!

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