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Is it safe to take allergy medications during pregnancy?

It's common for pregnant women to feel that their allergies are worse. Actually, it's probably just that your mucous membranes are swollen, which makes you feel more puffy and stuffy. It's fine to continue getting allergy shots — they're safe for both you and your baby.

The new allergy drugs like Claritin have not been shown to be harmful, and while that doesn't mean they've been proven safe, we consider them okay to use. Drugs that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, like the decongestant Sudafed, won't affect the baby, but they can make you jittery, and you have to watch out that you don't develop a tolerance to them.

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