How to treat common cold or flu during pregnancy
If you are pregnant, then this post is for you! The first thing you should know is, everything changes when you become pregnant.
That is, from the size of your belly to your heart rate, for over nine months up to childbirth.
When you’re expecting, your immune system is also naturally decreased.
It runs slower than usual, which is a good thing, as this lower defense system is your body’s way to make sure the baby is protected and stops your body from fighting the fetus off as a foreign body.
But, the downside of this immune suppression is, you become more susceptible to illness.
When seasons like winter or monsoon come, you more vulnerable to a stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, cold or flu during pregnancy.
This is not something to panic about, cold during pregnancy isn’t dangerous to your baby.
The upside to even the nastiest cold symptoms is knowing your baby isn’t experiencing any of these.
The wombs environment is completely keeping it safe. The downside is, in the past, you might have taken over-the-counter medicines but now you cannot.
Treating cold or flu During Pregnancy
According to the University of Michigan Health System and most doctors, it’s best to avoid all medications in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
This is a critical time for your baby’s development of vital organs. Doctors recommend caution after 28 weeks.
Make sure you visit your practitioner and tell him or her about all your symptoms, including any fever. If necessary, your doctor will prescribe you cold medications that are considered safe during pregnancy.
Colds and flu during pregnancy are mostly uncomfortable but can be managed with rest, lots of fluids, and patience. I rarely get a cold, but I can never forget the severe cold during pregnancy with my first child.
That was horrible! I already had a migraine, which made the situation worse than I thought.
I’ll be honest with you, I was a bit scared of taking any medications since it was my first pregnancy and I wasn’t sure what was good or bad for me. Plus, the morning sickness for the first trimester had already taken a toll on me.
I did my extensive research on few tips for treating common cold in pregnancy that was all-natural. You see, prevention is the best medicine and better than cure.
So, I incorporated a few habits to prevent getting sick in the first place. Here are a few measures you can take to treat a cold and to feel better.
How To Treat cold or flu During Pregnancy
Although most of the medications that relieve cold symptoms are typically off-limits during pregnancy, that certainly doesn’t mean you have to remain sick while you’re pregnant.
Some of the most effective cold remedies don’t come from the pharmacy shelf. So, I’m sharing some of the good tips that can help you feel better faster:
It is important for pregnant women and their babies’ o have cold vaccination for up to six months after birth.
Remember to stay up to date on the vaccination schedule. Not getting sick at all is illogical, but this will prevent your cold symptoms to worsen.
It is always a good choice to keep yourself active even when you are pregnant. Rest is good on the other side but, staying active will make you feel a lot better especially while you are sick.
There are many ways you can exercise while you are pregnant. You can try some good pregnancy-safe exercises that may actually help you to feel better.
Have A Well-Balanced Diet
It is crucial to take care of yourself when you are a pregnancy to take care of your baby.
Make sure you are eating plenty of foods to boost your metabolism. Sure, you probably don’t have much of an appetite, eating nutritiously and getting a good amount of rest will help you with some of your cold symptoms.
Focus on foods with vitamin C and zinc to help boost your immune system naturally.
Try all types of citrus fruits oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, bell peppers, papaya, broccoli, red cabbage, and spinach. pregnant women should aim to get 11-15 mg of zinc from all sources, including your prenatal vitamins daily.
Eat turkey, beef, cooked oysters, eggs, yogurt, and oatmeal.
It is so important to maintain your hygiene in order to avoid contact with germs around you.
Keeping your hygiene in check will prevent you from getting cold around those who already have the symptoms of fever or cold.
Take extra effort to wash your hands more frequently when you are doing chores around your house.
It’s great if you take hot baths, this will help you relax as well. But in spite of your best efforts, you still may become ill and while preventing illnesses is the same for pregnant and non-pregnant women, treating them is not.
Get Sufficient Rest
Taking a cold to bed doesn’t necessarily mean to shorten its life span, but if your body needs rest, you should give it.
I understand, there is a lot going on with our bodies and mood when we are pregnant, but get extra rest, relax your body.
This will help your body to recuperate better than anything else.
Take naps, if not at least sit and relax while you do your favorite stuff. If you have a severe cold, I recommend sleeping with your head slightly inclined for better sinus drainage and to make it easier for you to breathe through the stuffy nose.
Give your body the time it needs to get better.
Take Your Supplements
If you come down with a pregnancy cold or cough, you have to let it run its course.
During that time it’s also important to be sure to get adequate parental vitamins & minerals, which contains vitamin C and zinc, the smartest strategy when you’re fighting a cold.
(P.S Don’t take other supplements beyond your prenatal without your doctor’s approval)
I’m no doctor, but there are some of the supplements, I know, you can have during pregnancy listed below. These are some of the supplements I had during my pregnancy.
Vitamin C: You can have your Vitamin C supplements 500 mg every 3-4 hours with a small amount of food.
You can cut back on the dosage if stools become loose or you’re experiencing bloating and cramping.
Zinc: You can take 30-50 mg once daily with a small amount of food. This is great as it tremendously helps in keeping the cold and flu at bay.
Allicillin: This is a concentrated garlic compound which is known to fight with viruses and bacteria. You can consume 200mg to 400mg 1-4 times daily.
(P.S Don’t take any medications without approval from your doctor)
Fever, sneezing and flu causes your body to lose more fluids that you and your baby need.
When you’re pregnant, your body needs more fluids than you think, so it’s important for you to drink plenty of clear fluids (water is the best) to stay hydrated.
When it comes to sore throat, you can follow an old wives’ tale, it actually works. Soothe your sore throat with honey added to hot water or tea.
You can also have lemon or ginger candies. Drink lots of warm beverages to stay hydrated and lessen your congestion.
They’re noticeably better at providing relief from flu, cough, sneezing, a sore throat, and tiredness compared with drinks that are room temperature.
You can also have hots soups like chicken broth next to your bed and can enjoy it using your favorite show. Water and cold juices work fine if you’re thirsting for that.
Relieve Congestion Naturally
Natural is always the best. If the dry conditions in your home aggravate your cold and flu symptoms, you can use a cold or hot humidifier to mist the room. Try not to use warm –air version in kids’ room, just for the sake of safety.
Elevate your head, while sleeping as this will let you breathe easily. Nasal strips can help a lot and they are sold over the counter and are completely drug-free.
Just a couple of teaspoons straight has been shown a remarkable help to suppress any kind of dry cough or cold just like and OTC cough syrup.
Use saline nasal spray or neti pot to relieve congestion naturally, better to use any over-the-counter medications.
Gargling 2-3 times daily with warm salt water after brushing your teeth and tongue can ease a scratchy or sore throat, wash away post nasal drip and help control a cough and cold.
Just by adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt or xylitol to 8 ounces of warm water can work wonders for you.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from birch or corn. Its natural anti-bacterial properties block the adherence of bacteria to the mucous membranes.
Using it as a sweetener has been shown to inhibit ear infections as well.
Warm Compress And Hot Bath
Viruses do not like high temperatures, inducing artificial fever can greatly reduce the length of your cold.
So how do you actually induce artificial fever? It can be done by warm compress or simply spending some quality time in a hot bath.
Warm compresses several times a day can alleviate your pain so taking the hot bath will kill the virus itself.
Take a hot bath, remove yourself and wrap up in warm clothes. Then climb under covers to sweat. This is how you can induce artificial fever and reduce the length of your sickness.
In most cases, a cold or flu during pregnancy will not harm your baby, so there is no need to panic. Just stay comfortable in this time of extra rest.
After trials and error and talking with my doctor, I determined that time, despite the medications you take, time and rest is really the answer for pregnant moms who come down with a cold or flu.
So, make sure you are taking plenty of rest and staying comfortable as you can.
What are your go-to methods of getting rid of cold or flu during pregnancy?
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Hey, M! Thanks a lot 🙂
Having a warm compress and a hot bath can really help work out a cold sooner and easily. It would be amazing for expectant mums. And you’ve made a good point by saying that supplements should be taken with the doctor’s approval.
Hi, Dalena! These tips are helpful for both expectant and non-expectant mothers. It is always recommended to take any medication with your doctor’s approval especially when you are a mother in making. 🙂
These are all great tips if you have cold. Thank you for sharing I’ll keep it in mind, if I ever am pregnant and have cold x
Hey, Laura! Great you liked them. I’m happy I could help. Best wishes 🙂
These are some great tips for treating a cough or cold- just in time for the cold/flu season! Thee will work for anyone too, not just for pregnant women.
hi, Jocelyn! Thanks for your feedback. I’m glad I could help. These tips are for all and since we are about to hit the flu season these little tweaks will help us prevent getting ill. 🙂
Really great tips that will help those who are pregnant and are sick. I am going to send this post to my friends who are expecting.
Hi, Asiasami! Thanks for your feedback. I would appreciate your gesture, dear. 🙂
I got a cough during my 5 months of pregnancy it so hard and very stressful.
You can’t take any medicines because it’s bad for the baby and I am glad that by taking my supplements regularly, having a balance diet and keep myself hydrated I became better and be a cough free for the whole remaining months of my pregnancy.
Hi, Catherine! Thanks for your feedback! Glad to know that you had your vitamins and a proper diet. I think more women should be aware of it. Having a proper diet and pre-natal will not only help you while youre sick but it will prevent you from getting ill in the first place.
Definitely needed this today!!! Thank you for posting and allowing me to treat my cough and cold in this time.
Hey, dear! Thanks for your feedback. I’m glad I could be a help.
These are some great tips for someone going through it right now. We are entering the flu season and if we prevent it with some of your suggestions, it would be very helpful to the pregnant ladies.
Hey, Patricia! Thanks for your words. Yes, flu season is around the corner and minor changes in the lifestyle, like a well-balanced diet and taking your vitamins regularly will help avoid getting sick in the first place.
Thanks for sharing these great ways to get over the flu season. I dislike feeling sick and anything that can help is welcomed.
Hi, Lavanda! Thanks for your feedback! yes, the flu season is around the corner and these tips can be a great help for pregnant and non-pregnant women both. 🙂
So many great tips here! I always thought your immune system was stronger when you are pregnant! Will forward along to my friends expecting!
Hey, Kathleen! I’m glad to know that and I would love it if you share these tips with fellow pregnant women. it will help them. I thought the same about our immune system, but after some decent research, I came to know the truth.
Working out and having a humidifier has done wonders for me whenever I have been sick. These are some awesome tips to use.
Hey, Jasmine! Glad you liked the tips. The humidifier works amazingly during sick days. I usually like to add drops of essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus and it does wonders.
I so much enjoyed reading your post. All these powerful suggestions are effective to any woman indeed.
Hey, dear! Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you liked the post.
Thanks for the info. These are things we all could do to take better care of ourselves!
Hi, Erin! Thanks for your words and I completely agree. I’m happy I could help. these natural ways can work for anyone pregnant or not 🙂
I remember being pregnant. I don’t think I got sick at all during that time. I didn’t want to take any meds at all during that time so this would have come in handy. Thanks for sharing!
Hi, Dominique! Thanks for your feedback! I’m glad you liked it. I never want to touch medications when I was pregnant just in case I would hurt my baby. Natural remedies can always come in handy even when you are pregnant or not. 🙂
That is a great and natural way to treat cough and cold, i love it. It would also work even if you’re not pregnant, love it.
hey, Chad! Thanks for your feedback. Glad you liked the tips. Yes, these tips work pretty well even when you aren’t pregnant. I use them every now and then.
These tips could easily apply to anyone who wants to avoid over-the-counter medication to treat their ills, but it is especially important for pregnant women so that they can avoid anything that could harm the baby while it is growing.
Hey, dear! Thanks for your feedback. I agree. it is important to avoid medications while youre pregnant as much as you can. a healthy alternative can always be good choice 🙂
Thank you for the great tips:)
Hey, dear! Glad you liked them. You’re welcome 🙂
I’m glad to know about Allicillin – I don’t like eating garlic raw so I will definitely be stocking up on this. Love Designs for Health!
Hi, Emily! Glad I could be a help. I never knew about Allicillin back when I was pregnant with my first child. But, with my 2nd child, I did quite a research and I’m happy I came to know about it. 🙂
These are very helpful tips. I think it’s important that pregnant soon to be mothers be very aware of staying healthy. Being hydrated and Vitamin C’s are a must!
Hey, Nate! I agree completely. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet and having your vitamins regualry will help reduce the use of unnecessary interventions and over-the-counter medications.
THANKFULLY I never got sick when I was pregnant!!! I actually felt really good minus the first 12 weeks and there was a good 2 week stretch where I was in SO SO SO much pain… But it wasn’t a headcold or anything and I believe I never got sick because I was eating very well (still am) and taking pre-natals (still doing this too)!
Hey, Gigi! Glad to know that! You are right, eating healthy and having your pre-natal will do a lot good to you than other medications. I usually never got severely sick during my pregnancies as well, but my first pregnancy was a tough one, maybe because that was my very first experience and I was frightened to do or eat anything to hurt my baby. I still manage to avoid cold and flu naturally. 🙂
Great advice. I am definitely needing this right now!
Hi, Katy! Thanks for your feedback. Gald you liked it! 🙂
Hey, Trent! Thanks for your feedback! I’m glad you liked them. 🙂
Hi Umm Mishael.
These are very helpful tips.
I don’t remember having cough and cold during both of my pregnancies.
But if I did, I would be scared to take any medications too.
And yes to soup.
I had lots of soup during after both pregnancies.
Thanks for an amazing post.
Hey, Buayifa! Im glad you liked the tips.
I once had a severe cold and since I try to avoid medications as much as I can normally I drank more bone broth than usual. This helped me survive cold and cough during and even after pregnancy.