(Closed) Cold relief for a pregnant lady

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I just had a cold/cough that lasted about 3 weeks and I’m pregnant. It totally sucks! The only thing I took was Tylenol, so I’m not really sure what else to suggest.

Post # 3
47292 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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lisianthus:  Most cough and cold medications don’t work all that well anyways.  Fill a large bowl with boiling water. Bend over it with a towel over your head to keep the steam in and breathe. Use a netti pot. Use a humidifer at night and sleep with your head elevated.


Post # 4
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hot tea with lemon and honey. Steamy showers. Vicks Vapor rub. Cold-eeze zinc lozenges. Being sick while pregnant sucks! Hope you feel better soon!


Post # 5
1341 posts
Bumble bee

I second tea with lemon and honey, and a warm bath. BUt in saying that I don’t really take anything for a cold normally so they may be something better.

Hope it doesn’t last!!!

Post # 6
6927 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

Drink tons of water (not cold), blow your nose as often as you need to, get some chicken stew, sleep plenty of hours with your head slightly elevated. Something that helped me with my throat was making gargles with warm water and salt. I don’t know if it was pure coincidence but felt better after doing that. I just had a mild cold, and luckily, it only lasted for a little less than a week. Stay away from junk, sugary, non-healthy food. It’s also recommend to not have caffeinated drinks during that time. If you feel somewhat warm, take a shower with warm water, not cold. I don’t take any medications to get over colds even when not pregnant, so these things I listed here have helped me.

Post # 7
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sudafed is ok 

Post # 8
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Sinus rinse. Humidifier. Eucalyptus essential oil. Hot steamy showers. Hot tea. Lots of feeling sorry for yourself. I’ve been there, totally sucks…hope you feel better soon! 

Post # 9
588 posts
Busy bee

They have vicks shower tablets that steam into the air when you take a shower. Those are great. If you have a walgreens or a CVS nearby you might get somewhere by asking a person in the pharmacy for recommendations 

Post # 10
4037 posts
Honey bee

Tylenol and neti pot. I would be very careful about anything with zinc like zicam and cold eeze, and ask your doctor about those. I know some say its okay, but technically its way more zinc than a pregnant woman should have. I took some zicam when I felt a cold coming on and it made me feel extremely sick. Like throw up and heart palpitations sick, so I stopped immediately. 

Post # 11
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Sudifed is only ok AFTER the first trimester.  But definitely get the OK from your OB first!

Otherwise, tylenol, soft tissues, Vicks for the shower, and a vaporizer.  

Post # 13
5890 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Becareful how much Tylenol you take. Some studies are showing that if you take more than 27 doses during your entire pregnancy, there can be some long-term developmental issues. I’ll try to find the research. 

Post # 15
588 posts
Busy bee

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lisianthus:  You’re welcome! I haven’t seen vicks brand in awhile(at one point my mom had gotten them for me, but they seemed to have disappeared), but most drug stores have a knock off thats decent(CVS’s is pretty good) or theres a toooon of DIY versions online. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, I know when im sick its tough for me to stand in the shower for awhile because im prone to black outs, so sometimes I like to sit on the toilet and run the shower to fill the room up with the steam. Hope it works out for you, the shower bombs are one of the only things that can make me feel human again during a bad cold


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