We are headed into cold and flu season so that means that chances are you will end up with at least one cold in the coming months. If you are not pregnant there are no issues because you can take whatever medications you want to help ease the symptoms, but if you are pregnant this makes things a lot more complicated. You may think you have to just deal with the cough and congestion, but there are some things you can do that will help ease the symptoms that are still safe for you and your baby.
- One of the best things you can do is to prevent colds while pregnant if possible. It can be hard, for example if you have another child at home who is sick chances are you will get it, especially if they are young and like to cuddle, but you want to do the best you can. Washing your hands is the best defense against any cold or illness. You can also use hand sanitizer and disinfectant sprays. Getting enough sleep, taking your prenatal vitamins, eating a healthy diet, and getting exercise are also all great ways to prevent colds while pregnant.
- Once you are sick, treating the cold is the hardest thing because you cannot take cold medicine. Make sure you get plenty of rest to help your body fight off the cold.
- Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated. This will help flush the bad bacteria out of your body.
- If you are congested and find it difficult to breathe at night, you can elevate the head of your bed with pillows or blocks under your mattress. You can also use a humidifier to help keep the air from getting to dry.
- Sore throats can be hard to deal with as well, but sipping on warm tea or sucking ice chips can all help with your sore throat. You can also gargle with salt water.
- It is OK to take acetaminophen for aches, pains, and fevers, but you want to limit the amount of over the counter medications you take while pregnant. If you have a fever or cannot find any relief within a week or so it is time to see your doctor.
Pregnancy comes with it’s own bag of unpleasant side effects. Having a cold while pregnant just makes them worse and harder to deal with, but it may not be something you can avoid. Knowing how to alleviate some of the symptoms can help make it a little more bearable, but it is also important to make sure that you see the doctor when necessary.
How did you deal with colds while you were pregnant?