Cold Remedies While Pregnant

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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 # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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 # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

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