Post # 1
As if being 8 months pregnant didn’t make me feel terrible enough, I have also come down with a terrible head cold. Does anyone know of any natural/safe cold remedies for pregnant ladies? I feel absolutely miserable.
Post # 3
I’m so sorry! That just sucks. Try steam and netty pot with saline to clear your sinsus. Also, menthol like eucalyptus scents. Don’t forget lots of rest and fluids.
Post # 4
@As_You_Wish: If it makes you feel any better, most OTC cold remedies have been shown not to make a significant difference anyways.
Get plenty of fluids, take tylenol for pain or fever if your doctor has ok’d it, inhale steam from hot water in a bowl. Lean over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel.
Gargle with salt water if you have a sore throat. Drink tea with lemon.
This too shall pass.
Post # 5
@As_You_Wish: I’m sorry to hear about your cold! They are no fun, I had my first pregnancy cold at 20 weeks & it was lame! I slept with my humidifier, used my netty pot (in the shower, I feel like the steam from the shower gives it an extra boost) & also put an extra pillow under my mattress to be more elevated when sleeping. During the day I drank hot honey lemon water. I saw my midwife for my 20 w check up while sick & she okayed the use of mucinex & regular sutafed. Check with your doc about meds but the other things are totally worth a try also!
Post # 6
Oh ugh. I had an awful cold for the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Add to that near-constant pregnancy rhinitis…it was the worst part of pregnancy for sure. The only thing that fixed the rhinitis was expelling the kid. :-/
So, saline spray and a humidifier. Nasal irrigation with either a neti pot or a squeeze bottle. Breathe-right strips were a lifesaver.
Post # 7
@As_You_Wish: Eucalyptus oil on the bottom of your feet every night with socks will help with a cough. DH swears by it. If you have a sore throat, you should drink tea (or just hot water) with lemon, honey, apple cider vinegar, and if you really want to amp it up add a tiny bit of cumin and ginger. Also saline solution for nasal passages and breath-right strips are the best!
Otherwise make sure to get lots of rest and fluids. I haven’t been sick in so long, but these are always things that work. Hope you feel better soon!!
Post # 8
Elderberry syrup can really help. I’m fairly certain it’s safe during pregnancy. Just take the higher dosage to treat the cold rather than prevent it.
Post # 9
Thanks ladies. You’ve made a lot of great suggestions. I can’t wait to feel better again!
Post # 10
I was fortunate enough to not get sick during my pregnancy last winter but I did have pretty constant nasal congestion. Saline nasal spray and Vicks Vaporub were my best friends.
Post # 11
I’m in a similar situation! Just about 12 weeks pregnant and the worst cold of my life. I’m going on 1 week already and nothing is working. waaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Post # 12
Okay you might be feeling better already because this post is a few days old, but I recently had a cold and was miserable because I can’t function with a cold without pseudoephedrine. I discovered that the best decongestant substitute I could find was sriracha, and LOTS of it!*
*Although it should be noted, I’m only 20 weeks, and I’ve been told by farther-along ladies that should you be saddled with pregnancy heartburn, this won’t be an option for you. But it worked smashingly for me!
Post # 13
@diplomatswife: That’s interesting about the sriracha sauce! I love that stuff but unfortunately I’m one of those people with wicked heartburn (which is really unfortunate cause I LOVE spicy foods!)
I’m not completely over my cold yet but it’s much, much better. I bought myself a neti pot on the weekend and I was surprised by how much that helped! I also used Vicks, put a cold cloth on my forehead/sinuses and got plenty of rest. I’m still really tired but I think that has more to do with being in the final stretch of my pregnancy.
Post # 14
I started taking an extra 500mg of Vit C. Knocked it out of me in a week. LOTS and LOTS of water helped too. We also ran a humidifier at night while sleeping next to the bed.