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7 Natural Ways To Treat Allergies During Pregnancy

Outsmart seasonal allergies with these natural, pregnancy-safe remedies.

7 Natural Ways To Treat Allergies During Pregnancy

Spring is in the air, and you know what that means -- so are allergies. Congestion, post-nasal drip, itchy eyes, sneezing... Seasonal allergies are annoying and can be unbearable, especially when you are expecting. Indeed, during pregnancy your immune system is working for two, and your allergies can end up being worse than usual. Plus, there are only a few over-the-counter and topical remedies that you can use to feel better. So what can you do to bring relief? Here are 7 natural ways to treat allergies during pregnancy.

1. Get a humidifier. Breathing air with more humidity can help relieve the discomfort and symptoms of allergies. When your allergies kick in, you often get a stuffy nose, water eyes and a scratchy throat, and your otherwise moist nasal passages get inflamed and dry. A humidifier can help reduce inflammation, which then allows your nasal tissues to blow out any allergic irritants and provide quick relief. That said, don't overuse your humidifier and measure your home's humidity levels -- some allergens, like dust mites and mold thrive in moist environments. Finally, make sure to clean your humidifier regularly, change the filters as noted in the manufacturer's guidelines, and use distilled water.

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2. Inhale eucalyptus vapor. Eucalyptus is known to provide natural relief for nasal and chest congestion. Paired with steaming water, which also help loosen mucus, it becomes an especially effective remedy for congestion and upper respiratory discomfort. So add a drop or two in a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and do a steam inhalation. Other essential oils or oil blends, like lavender and peppermint, can also be helpful before bedtime. Mixed with a carrier oil, rub some on your temples to relief pressure headaches or on your chest to help you breathe easier. Just make sure to check what essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy.

3. Irrigate your nasal passages. A simple over-the-counter saline spray or the neti pot can not only soothe and hydrate irritated nasal passages, it can also flush out your sinuses of irritants and allergens, clear out dry, crusty cavities and relieve congestion. Not everyone like the experience of spraying stuff up their noses, so to make the experience a little more comfortable, use warm water. Make sure also that you use sterile water and that you use this method temporarily. Finally, you can make your own saline solution by adding 1/4 of salt to 8 ounces of warm water.

4. Drink water. Here we are again, telling you to drink more and more water. Staying hydrating during the season but it will help keep your mouth, throat and nose hydrated, which can help alleviate the discomforts you are experiencing because of your allergies.

5. Spice your meals up with turmeric. It’s a hot spice these days! This superfood contains curcumin, which can aid in reducing congestion and allergy symptoms. What's more, it's an antioxidant that can help you boost your overall immunity -- something you definitely need a little bit more of when expecting.

6. Wear a nasal strip at night. A lot of people experience more congestion at night, which can disturb sleep. When you are pregnant, you already have a lot of discomforts that make you toss and turn, so you really don't need yet another thing to keep you up at night. Nasal strips have an adhesive that pulls your nasal passages open so that you are able to breathe better even when you are congested and your nasal passages are inflamed.

7. Have one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar a day to keep the allergies away. This natural remedy only works in the long run and if you use it consistently. Since apple cider vinegar is alkaline, it is thought to reduce mucous production, cleanse the lymphatic system and restore the PH balance of the body, which can help with allergies as well. There's no research corroborating this theory, but apple cider vinegar is also great to fight off heartburn -- a common symptom during pregnancy -- so it's worth a try.

If you’re feeling under the weather from allergies or sinus pain/pressure, consult your doctor or an ENT to get the scoop on what is best for you. While we’re excited to break out of the winter season, the transition can throw the most glowing pregnant woman out of the loop. What are some of the natural remedies you tried to treat allergy symptoms during pregnancy?

14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

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