Claritin, an over-the-counter allergy medication, can help banish itchy eyes and a runny nose. Most experts agree Claritin is safe 1 to take while pregnant, but be sure to keep your healthcare provider in the loop on any new medications. They can help you weigh the benefits and risks for you and your baby.
Loratadine, the main ingredient in Claritin, is an antihistamine that blocks those pesky allergy symptoms. One small study 2 showed a possible link with birth defects, but the researchers later admitted that the study had limitations and their results could be misleading. Other studies have shown no negative effects on the baby or the pregnant person in any trimester.