Allergy symptoms usually abate after labor when the body calms down. Most women are breathing easier within two weeks of delivery. To avoid the use of allergy medications in the meantime, Corio recommends using a non-medicated saline spray to relieve nasal dryness, swelling and congestion. Or, try filling a miniature teapot called a neti pot with warm salt water and rinsing out the inside of your nose several times a day. You can try wearing a nasal strip across the bridge of the nose to expand your airways and using an air purifier too.
Depending on the allergen, encasing your mattress with a special dust mite cover, tossing your favorite pillow or avoiding the park when pollen counts are high can also make a difference. And, while Corio agrees changing the diet is sometimes necessary, she says Franklin's all-meat diet went a step too far.
"I understand how it important it was for her to manage her allergies and I'm glad her baby was healthy but she may have set him up for life long problems with obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance," Corio says. "I don't see how something like that makes any sense at all."