Parenting & Pregnancy: What to know about COVID-19 vaccine, treating allergies and more

Whether you’re managing your allergies, surviving a cold or trying to decide whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s even more stressful during pregnancy.

Posted: Apr 8, 2021 7:48 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 11:23 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Whether you’re managing your allergies, surviving a cold or trying to decide whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s even more stressful during pregnancy.

There are some things you can do to ease your suffering if you’re experiencing allergies, according to Dr. Kristy Kelel with Women’s Care.

“The first recommendation is Benadryl, which if you want to stay home and sleep all day that would be great. Most people can't really tolerate taking a Benadryl every single day,” she said.

Kelel said the second line of defense would be Claritin. And you can always try a Netty Pot to flush out the allergens.

When it comes to battling the common cold, you can take Tylenol if you have a fever, Kelel said. A humidifier can help with congestion, and throat lozenges and tea with a bit of honey can ease your symptoms.

“As far as cough suppressants go, Robitussin DM is all right. People always want to know about Sudafed because that's the one thing that makes people feel better. Sudafed is OK but do not use Sudafed Phenylepherine. I'd stay away from that one,” she added.

One of the biggest questions doctors are getting right now is about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Every day. Phone calls in person visits,” she describes.

Kelel said new data shows when mothers are vaccinated, the antibodies are passed to their babies through their umbilical cords. She said they advise their patients to weigh the risks against the benefits.

“As a pregnant person, if you get COVID, we know you can get more severely disease and get more ill. If you're somebody who stays home all the time and you have really limited interaction with other people, you really don't have a lot of risk for getting COVID so for you, you might feel that the vaccine is not worth it,” she said.

Kelel said if you have any questions about medication, Women’s Care has a list on their website covering everything from allergies to first aid. You can also call one of their nurses 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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