In Prenatal Yoga class the other day, it came up that one of the students was suffering from Pregnancy Rhinitis. Pregnancy Rhinitis is very similar to the stuffy nose and congestion experienced during allergy season, but is thought to be caused by the changes in hormones in the body. It is actually one of the more common complaints from women during their pregnancy.
The student was wary of taking decongestants of any kind and had resigned herself to suffering through the next 4 months of her pregnancy with terrible congestion. I encouraged her to try using a neti pot. I have used a neti pot for the past few years on almost a daily basis. Not only has it been hugely effective in treating my seasonal allergies but also in helping to prevent illness. The neti gently washes the sinus and nasal cavities, rinsing out germs and other pathogens. The salt in the water also helps to reduce the inflammation and swelling in the tissues, helping to reduce the symptoms associated with Rhinitis.
This practice is highly effective for pregnant women who do not want to ingest any kind of medications and becomes a great daily practice to take into child rearing years when children expose their parents to many germs and viruses.
Personally I recommend a ceramic or steel neti pot as opposed to plastic and encourage students to use non-iodized sea salt (or purchase the neti washes they have available).
If you’re interested in exploring a neti pot for yourself you can generally purchase one at your local health food or herbal store or can order them on line. For a video by the Himalayan Institute on how to use a neti pot please visit here.