READING: Hayfever and pregnancy: What you need to know

Living my life

Hayfever and pregnancy:
What you need to know

There’s a lot to think about when you’re pregnant, not least of which is the confusing topic of which medicines are safe and which are best avoided. So, what’s the best way forward if you have hayfever?

Two min read

Ideally, it is best to avoid taking medicine in the first trimester of pregnancy. This means you should ask your GP or pharmacist for advice about your hayfever medication as soon as you find out that you are pregnant or if you are trying for a baby.1

Your GP or pharmacist will carefully balance the benefit of medication with any potential harm to your unborn baby. Prevention is always better than cure. If possible, do your best to avoid your hayfever trigger or triggers.2

If you don’t know what triggers your hayfever, your GP can help you work these out or refer you to a specialist. Something that’s safe to try is a nasal salt-water spray, which may provide temporary relief from your symptoms.


  1. 1. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Update [Internet]. Brookvale (NSW); 2017 [cited 2019 Aug 5].
    Available from:
  2. 2. Pali-Schöll I, Motala C, Jensen-Jarolim E. Asthma and Allergic Diseases in Pregnancy: A Review.World Allergy Org J [Internet]. 2009 Mar [cited 2019 Sept 28]; 2(3): 26–36.
    Available from:

Read next

Evidence-based information about controlling and treating your hayfever