Can You Take Zyrtec During Pregnancy?

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By Abby McCoy | Updated on Dec 10, 2023
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A popular over-the-counter allergy medication, Zyrtec 1 (cetirizine) can help push back seasonal and pet allergies and is safe to take during pregnancy. Studies on this drug have shown no harmful effects on pregnant people or developing babies. In fact, treating these symptoms can help you and your baby in more ways than one.

When your sinuses and airways stay clear, you get better sleep and improve your emotional well-being, according to the National Institute of Health 2 . Who needs to deal with a runny nose and itchy eyes when you’re already coping with a laundry list of pregnancy symptoms? As with any medication, be sure to check in with your healthcare provider before you start to take Zyrtec.

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  1. "Cetirizine"Jun 1, 2020https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK582627/.

  2. Isabella Pali-Schöll, Jennifer Namazy, and Erika Jensen-Jarolim"Allergic diseases and asthma in pregnancy, a secondary publication"World Allergy Organization Journal, vol. 10, no. 1Mar 1, 2017https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5333384/.


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Can You Take Zyrtec During Pregnancy?

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By Abby McCoy | Updated on Dec 10, 2023
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A popular over-the-counter allergy medication, Zyrtec 1 (cetirizine) can help push back seasonal and pet allergies and is safe to take during pregnancy. Studies on this drug have shown no harmful effects on pregnant people or developing babies. In fact, treating these symptoms can help you and your baby in more ways than one.

When your sinuses and airways stay clear, you get better sleep and improve your emotional well-being, according to the National Institute of Health 2 . Who needs to deal with a runny nose and itchy eyes when you’re already coping with a laundry list of pregnancy symptoms? As with any medication, be sure to check in with your healthcare provider before you start to take Zyrtec.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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  1. "Cetirizine"Jun 1, 2020https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK582627/.

  2. Isabella Pali-Schöll, Jennifer Namazy, and Erika Jensen-Jarolim"Allergic diseases and asthma in pregnancy, a secondary publication"World Allergy Organization Journal, vol. 10, no. 1Mar 1, 2017https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5333384/.


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