Is it safe to continue my allergy shots during pregnancy?

If you have started allergy shots prior to becoming pregnant, they can safely be continued during pregnancy as long as you have never had a serious reaction to your allergy shots in the past. Women should not begin allergy shots, change or increase their dose during pregnancy.

Maintenance doses of allergy shots are safe during pregnancy. Because the injections contain your allergy triggers, the most likely time to experience a reaction is during the initial build-up period, when you first start allergy shots. A severe allergic reaction in a pregnant woman could affect the well-being of the developing fetus, so it's probably not a good idea to start the immunotherapy and build up the dose during pregnancy. Also, pregnant women should not take allergy skin tests. Pregnancy may worsen or improve allergy symptoms. If you are taking allergy shots while you are pregnant, your physician should carefully monitor you. In some cases, physicians will lower the dose of the allergy shots during pregnancy to reduce the chance of a reaction.

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