Post # 1
I’ve been sick for almost 2 weeks now. Just your typical headcold. If i wasn’t pregnant, I would take Dayquil and Nyquil and it would be smooth sailing!!
Is there anything comparable to Dayquil that I can take to help get me through the day?
Post # 3
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You may want to double check with your doctor, but on my safe list (from my OB) is any of the Tylenol combos. When I had that nasty headcold recently, I went with Tylenol cold and flu for some relief. It won’t be as good as Dayquil in my opinion, but something is etter than nothing, right?
Post # 4
Not very much 🙁 I got a really bad cold that lasted 3 weeks early in my pregnancy and pretty much the only thing that was suggested was Tylenol. Cough drops are not even recommended really but I had to cave and I had ones with menthol only (no other medical ingredients) because I was coughing so much it would make me gag plus I was up so much in the night with coughing fits. In the end I didn’t take Tylenol even because I didn’t think it would help me. I just rested and ate soup/drank decaf tea with honey.
Check with your doctor though, they are all different in what they recommend or suggest.
Post # 5
Rest & hydration are going to be the safest things to do. I had a little cough that persisted for about 2 weeks so I called my doctor and she told me I could take Robitussin DM (the kind with NO expectorant, just a cough supressant) so I did that for about a week. It did NOTHING to help 🙁 I called back a week later, so after 3 weeks of persistend, productive coughing, and she said it’s time to see a primary care doc. Turns out I had bronchitis and was prescribed amoxicillin since it’s pregnancy safe. I still couldn’t do any cough expectorants though, so I had a very mucousy cough for about 2 or 3 months.
I’m so sorry you’re sick, but there really isn’t much that can be taken unless you have a bacterial infection and can take antibiotics for it. Get well soon dear!
Post # 6
I had a really bad head cold over christmas and I didn’t take anything but I used breathe right strips at night, it cleared me up so well that i got really fantastic nights sleeps. I’m positive those great sleeps helped me recover from it much quicker than I’ve ever recovered from a head cold before. So, I say try the breathe right strips at night!!!
Post # 7
Sudafed and nasal saline are OK per the pharmacist, that’s me.
Post # 8
Please contact your doctor, he/she would know best than people on the internet
Post # 9
Something else completely drug-free that might help you out is a humidifier. I got a small table top one for my nightstand a while back even before being pregnant.
Post # 10
You should always contact your care provider if you’re unsure of what you can safely take. Rest and hydration are always the mainstays. Having said that, the following are generally considered safe:
dextromethorphan (cough supressant)
anti-histamines (eg. Benedryl, Claritin)
Post # 11
If you have any sinus pressure/nose clogging you could try a sinus rinse too.
Sudafed (the one behind the counter) was on my list of things I could take, but it all depends on how far along you are. I’d call the doctor and see what they tell you to take.
My midwife had to go see my PCP, who in turn told me I likely had a sinus infection and preferred I try sinus rinses and sudafed. I went in after a week of being miserable, then things improved the following week. It’ll be 3 weeks this weekend and I feel *almost* back to normal.
Post # 12
@cdncinnamongirl: Just came here to post a link to motherrisk.org! It’s the same site Canadian pharmacists use and comes highly recommended by my midwives in terms of the information they provide on a variety of pharmacuticals.
I had a really bad cold over the holidays and the thing that helped me the most was my neti pot. Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 13
Call your doctor’s office first and ask. Do you feel like you are running a fever?
Post # 14
@.twist.: Yes! I love breath-right strips. They work great. I have been using them at night. But I get up about once an hour because my nose is so dry that it hurts to breath through it. Every time I blow my nose a bunch of bloody mucus comes out, it’s disgusting.
I know a humidifier would help, but they are so expensive. I guess I should just bite the bullet and get one… I’m going to need one with the baby anyway.
I have been using the nasal spray, but that only helps for about an hour… then it’s all dried up again. I’ve been trying to fall asleep with my hand cupped over my mouth/nose to create some humidity.
Post # 15
Thanks for all of your suggestions. I do have a list of approved medications from my doctor but the list is so small… 🙁
I thought I was getting over my cold but this morning I felt especially horrible. And it’s funny that I started getting sick around the same time I entered my second trimester. I don’t know if it’s the sickness that is making me so tired or if I’m still tired from the pregnancy. Probably a little of both. :-/
Post # 16
I got a horrible sinus infection at around 13 weeks and I used a Neti Pot (which has been a LIFESAVER) and a humidifier. I think my humidifier was only like $19 at WalGreens! My doctor doesn’t really like to recommend any meds, so the combination of those two things saved me.