Cold While Pregnant: What can and can’t I take?

Having a cold while you are pregnant is not fun, you can’t take many of the normal medicines/painkiller that you would usually take. You don’t want to put your unborn child in danger.

Prevention is important

If possible, you should try to prevent getting sick (doh). It is safe to get a flu shot during any trimester.

While you are pregnant you should also have good hygiene; regularly wash you hands, avoid people that are sick, avoid busy/crowded places, etc..

If you somehow do end up getting sick, you should contact your doctor right away. I’m not saying this to scare you, but as they say: better safe than sorry.

So what cold medicines can I take while pregnant?

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I only share my personal experiences and recommendations on this blog.

Unfortunately your options are very limited. Even if you are feeling sick, first you should try to just endure it without taking any medicine. You should consult with your doctor before taking anything. Don’t be afraid of calling them for advice, they are there to help you.

Whatever anyone tells you: avoid any cold medicines containing ibuprofen at all costs, it can be very harmful for your baby..

Having said that, below I’ve listed some natural cold remedies that will be safe for you to take while your are pregnant.

Natural Remedies for a Cold

Eat a balanced diet
This really goes without saying: eat healthy. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, they are packed with antioxidants.

Drink honey and lemon tea
A mixture of honey and lemon is usually very effective at soothing a sore throat, which is something you will probably suffer from during a common cold.

Get plenty of rest
Resting helps to rebuild your immune system naturally, even if you can’t sleep, just lay down as much as possible (Netflix has saved me many times 🙂 ).

Drink clear fluids
Small sips of water, you should increase your water intake, this will help you recover faster. Try to drink at least 0.5 gallons of water spread over an entire day.

Inhale steam or saline mixtures
A cold is usually accompanied by a stuffy nose and congestion. If available, you should use a humidifier and use a nose spray.

Taking care of a cold while your are pregnant can be a challenge, I hope some of the tips above will give your some relief.

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