Pregnancy-Friendly Hayfever Cures | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Pregnancy-Friendly Hayfever Cures

I've suffered from hayfever since my teens. Its horrible. The itchy eyes and nose, the sneezing fits and general drowsy, swollen, bunged up revolting-ness are all symptoms I can do without ruining a lovely summers day. Yuck.

Pre Daisy, I always relied on antihistamines - which worked perfectly - but of course they are a no-no in pregnancy and because of the severity of my symptoms I had to find an alternative.

It was actually my GP that suggested trying locally produced honey as a preventative cure. 'Local' is defined as honey that is produced within a five kilometre radius of your house. The idea is that by having a teaspoon or two of local honey every day, and exposing yourself to a small amount of pollen, you will eventually become de-sensitised to pollen allergy responses.

When I researched the theory, it was recommended that you start building up your immunity six months before the hayfever season starts. I didn't have that sort of time but tried this natural treatment anyway and in actual fact found that my symptoms reduced within two weeks and the following summer (and the summer after that!) they didn't return at all.

This year, however, my bloody hayfever is back again with a vengeance. I went to the shop for some local honey and discovered this....

Dried local bees' pollen.

It's supposed to work in pretty much the same way as the honey but by all accounts it gives relief quicker. I bought it because I've heard lots about the (non-hay fever related) health benefits of eating pollen (it's jam packed full of vitamins and antioxidants and is supposed to give a fantastic natural energy boost) but have come across mixed information on whether it is safe in pregnancy. Has anyone tried it? Does anyone have any information on this? I'd love to hear from you.

In the meantime I'm back on my locally produced honey (from the same beehives!) and am pleased to say it is working already xoxox


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