Post # 1
My husband had a cold when we found out I was pregnant last week. I’ve now caught it cos I can’t take my usual defence of echinaeca.
Our usual cold remedy is to put the heating on and hide under a duvet and sleep to sweat it out. Can I still do this with baby? Husband is healthy again but gone away for a few days with work so I’m home alone and anxious. He says our usual way could be damaging to baby, but I don’t have a fever, just the sneezes and a runny nose, so my temperature isn’t in danger is it? Internet tells me hot watter bottles are fine so I’m struggling to see the difference but obviously don’t want to endanger baby!
Post # 2
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mrsfox2015: You don’t want your body temp to go above 103, if I’m not mistaken. Which is why hot tubs and baths can be risky. I think if you turn up the heat and the suffer under the covers, you’ll get too hot. But that’s my opinion. A hot water bottle only heats up a small portion of your body, vs getting under the covers raising your whole body temp. Sorry, bee!
Drink some emergen-c and feel better, soon!
Post # 3
“Sweating it out” is an old wives tale. You need fluids and sleep and can take tylenol.
Post # 4
This is a virus. They just have to run thier course. Sorry you’re not feeling well.
Post # 5
They generally recommend that you don’t allow your body temperature to get above 102 (103?), and if it does, you should probably call your doctor. They usually recommend acetominophen to reduce the fever (PLEASE do not take that just because I said it here on the Internet–if your temp rises to that, call a real medical professional!). Or call them now and ask them what you shoudl do in the event that you develop a fever.
It’s just a cold. It sucks, but the traditional low-key home care works: lots of rest, lots of fluids. I find a neti-pot and a humidifier works with me as well.
As gingerkitten: points out, there is a difference between overheating your body and heating part of it. So, hot tubs and saunas aren’t recommended because usually the temperature is quite hot and because the heat surrounds you and has no place to dissipate–your body has no choice but to let your temperature rise. A hot bath, however, is different (some OB’s recommend a “warm” bath, but most pregnant moms I know do fine with hot baths) because you’re usually not completely submerged, allowing heat to escape from your body, and because the water temperature of a bath isn’t usually kept constant like a hot tub or sauna and drops. Same goes for teh difference of practicing hot yoga while pregnant vs. going for a run outside in 75-degree weather.
Post # 6
I would not attempt to raise your body temperature while pregnant. Drink lots of fluids and take your prenatal. It will run its course.
Post # 7
“sweating it out” is an old wives tale. All you’re doing is making yourself dehydrated.
Hang out on the couch, drink lots of fluids and eat well. It will pass.
I had a cold at about 20-ish weeks that kicked my ass. Sometimes you just gotta buckle down and let the storm go over you, but “sweating it out” will do literally nothing helpful for you.
Post # 8
aww sorry you are not feeling well…..I used a tylenol and consulted my doctor when I was sick.
Post # 9
Lots of fluids and Tylenol. Sweating it out will just make you dehydrated. that’s an old wives tale.
Post # 10
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mrsfox2015: Tea or hot water with honey is what got me through my early pregnancy cold. Honey is naturally anti-microbial and it also has a soothing coating action for sore throats. I would have several cups a day when I wasn’t feeling good. Nasal irrigation (neti pot, saline spray) can help with congestion. Go ahead and hunker down in bed at a comfortable temperature and sleep it off, but I wouldn’t turn the heat up very much higher than normal. Warm/hot showers are good too because the steam is soothing to breathe, and if you can stand it putting your showerhead on the strongest setting and putting your face right under it can also help loosen mucus. Just make sure to limit it to 10 minutes or so, and get out or turn the temp down if you feel light headed at all.
Post # 11
mrsfox2015: I had a cold when I was about 5 weeks pregnant too and it lasted 4 weeks. The first 2 weeks sucked. I rested a lot and drank lots of water which is about all you can do besides taking Tylenol which I did like once or twice. I had a headache, runny nose, stuffy nose, a slight temp for a few days, coughing, sneezing, and blowing my nose. Hopefully you have a speedy recovery. Good Luck!
Post # 12
Thank you ladies. I didn’t go with the heating in the end. Thick pajamas and Vicks Vaporub. Nose isn’t streaming anymore which is great and can kind of breathe so am going to keep a cycle of honey and lemon and inhalation going. FX it’s not here for 4 weeks, I’d go barmy!