Pregnancy and Hay Fever


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Coping with hayfever at any time is bad enough; but it’s all the more difficult when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and perhaps experiencing an increased sensitivity to allergens as a result. You want something that will give you effective relief from the symptoms, but you don’t want to use anything that might harm your baby. And for many, finding a drug-free answer is crucial. HayMax™ is made entirely of natural products and because it’s applied externally, it’s not going to be passed through you to your baby.

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All the ingredients in our balms are specially selected to be suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women who are looking for much needed relief during the hayfever season, and they are proving to be very popular. We even go as far as making sure that the aloe vera leaf juice powder is only made from the juicy centre of the leaf, to avoid the potential irritants which are found in the tough outer skin. Lots of aloe vera products are made from mashing the whole leaf.

In the 1980’s our MD’s pregnant sister Vivienne asked her doctor about the safety of using drugs, including antihistamines, during pregnancy. She was told very firmly that the most important thing was that she had a stress free pregnancy, so taking the occasional painkiller, for example, to relieve a headache, would do no harm. However, on the question of antihistamines, the only advice was that there was no evidence to suggest that the antihistamines available were safe or unsafe. A great deal has changed since the 1980’s, particularly in the area of ante- and post-natal advice, but the medical evidence regarding the use of antihistamines has hardly changed at all:

“Antihistamine makers advise against using them while pregnant, not because there is evidence of harm, but because of insufficient evidence that they are safe..” – (See The Times article below)

If you wish to take antihistamines, your doctor is most likely to prescribe you one of the ‘second generation’ – that is, non-sedating – antihistamines. These include loratadine (Claritin), and cetirizine (Zyrtec). If you are trying to avoid drugs during your pregnancy or whilst you are breastfeeding, our organic pollen blocker balms offer a drug-free option for battling with pollen and other airborne allergens.

From time to time, we send product samples and leaflets to a random selection of antenatal professionals, to ask for their valuable opinions. We are delighted to say that they consistently give it rave reviews. Drug-free options for managing hayfever are particularly valued, because many women feel that their sensitivity to allergens increases during and after pregnancy. Since hormonal changes make nasal congestion more common during pregnancy, this is hardly surprising. Nor is it any surprise that such problems are exacerbated during hayfever season.

HayMax™ organic barrier balms help keep airborne allergens at bay, and we have plenty of unsolicited testimonials from pregnant and breastfeeding women to support this (click here to read some). If you are pregnant, breast feeding, or an antenatal professional we would love to help answer your questions. If you would like leaflets or a training sheet, just let us know using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Ella Martin, 25, pregnant, tells The Times how HayMax™ helped her during her pregnancy.

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“The constant itchiness was infuriating and meant that I couldn’t sleep; that’s hard enough when you’re up every two hours to go to the loo.”

“It has changed my pregnancy…I’ll definitely keep using it after the birth. Last week it was my birthday. I put on HayMax, and we went to a restaurant for dinner. I was able to sit outside in the evening sun. It was perfect and it would have been unthinkable if it wasn’t for this treatment.”

What About Diet?

Diet can play a huge part in how your body copes with allergic reactions. Here is a list of dietary suggestions. These are not pregnancy specific suggestions, and we recommend that you follow your health professional’s advice on diet during pregnancy.

  • Oranges, grapefruits, red apples, watermelon, orange and yellow pepper all contain beta carotene, which is high in vitamin C and flavanoids, they are said to be good for preparing your body and fighting off hayfever symptoms.
  • Dark green vegetables are also high in beta carotene and help to cleanse the bowel. Try watercress, rocket, spinach, broccoli, green beans, kale, nettles and seaweed.
  • Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds have beneficial properties too. Sprinkle on salads and vegetables.
  • Garlic can help to reduce excess catarrh. Eat two raw cloves a day (you can cook them in food) or take a garlic supplement.
  • Processed foodsavoid pre-packaged foods as much as possible, especially foods containing additives including e numbers.
…and the pregnancy and parenting magazines can’t seem get enough of us! Every year, HayMax™ organic pollen blocker balms are featured in lots of titles, including Prima Baby, Practical Parenting & Pregnancy and Mother & Baby. We have had loads of great feedback from these, so a big thank you to all of the journalists and editors who understand what HayMax™ is about, and have given us such fabulous exposure.
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