Cold symptoms in pregnancy when you’re already not feeling your best, will probably make you feel awful and helpless, not knowing what to do to get rid of it. During pregnancy your immune system turns itself down a few notches to concentrate on not rejecting your baby. So you’ll possibly find that you experience a lot more doses of cold virus and flu than normal! This isn’t what you were hoping to hear, BUT there is much that you can do to help and give yourself a better chance of avoiding more colds and flu.
So you’re pregnant and need to get rid of your head cold virus or flu symptoms. There are some basic well-known ways to get immune system boosters and feel better.
First and foremost during your Natural Pregnancy – listen to your body. Your body knows what it needs in order to heal or get well. So if you feel tired, go and lie down or take a day off work. Don’t try to be a hero and keep working no-matter-what. If you do the chances are your cold symptoms will turn into flu virus before you can sneeze. The more sleep you get at the beginning of a cold virus, the quicker your immune system can deal with it.
Get plenty of Vitamin C rich foods and drinks. Like oranges, Kiwi fruit, grapefruit juice etc. Vitamin C, zinc and other minerals and nutrients can build up your immune system within a natural healthy diet .
Take plenty of Garlic as it’s one of Nature’s best immune system boosters. Garlic is rich in a chemical called Allicin as well as other compounds and has been used throughout history to treat a wide variety of infections and illnesses.
Raw and fresh is always best if you can face it! Crush one or two cloves of garlic and mix with citrus juice and honey and hot water. Drink this a few times a day. Add it to salad dressings too.
Next best is cooked organic garlic. Roasted garlic is sweet and delicious and easy to eat. Just add a whole bunch of garlic to your roast veggies. Add garlic to most of your meals, either cooked or raw. Onions are also a great immune system booster. If you don’t like the taste of fresh garlic take a supplement. Choose ones made from dried powder as they have more active ingredients (and don’t forget to follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions).
Drink plenty of clear fluids. In other words drinks without milk such as fruit juices, herb teas, hot water, mineral water, lemon and honey drinks or similar. Staying well hydrated will help your immune system do its job.
Stay warm and dry and out of bad weather if you can. Wrap up warm if you need to go out.
Sore throats can be the first sign of cold symptoms in pregnancy. For sore throats I always find it helpful to gargle with warm salt water. If you can start doing regular gargles 2 or 3 times a day using warm water and Natural Sea Salt it may help shorten your sore throat and help you get better fast.
If you’ve never made a salt solution before it’s easy to do. Just boil some water and add it to a couple of teaspoons of Sea Salt in a cup or mug. Stir until all the salt is dissolved. Add some cool water until the temperature is just right for gargling. Swish the warm salt solution around the back and sides of your mouth/throat. Repeat until you have no more solution left. Do this whenever your throat feels sore and last thing before bed.
If you’re suffering with any other cold symptoms in pregnancy make sure you have frequent Hot Lemon and Honey Drinks. The honey is soothing to your inflamed throat lining and the lemon gives you a Vitamin C boost.
Get plenty of Vitamin C rich foods and drinks. Like oranges, Kiwi fruit, grapefruit juice etc. Raspberry and orange juice is a nice combination.
As mentioned earlier natural remedies such as food and drinks are always better than medications. While you’re pregnant it’s not safe to take any over-the-counter cold or cough medications without checking with your Ob-Gyn, Midwife or pharmacist first.
Most decongestants, cough medicines and antihistamines shouldn’t be taken for cold symptoms in pregnancy unless prescribed by a health practitioner. It isn’t known whether there are any harmful side effects for your growing baby.
In most cases, Doctors would say it’s fine to take the occasional Tylenol (Acetaminophen) (called Paracetamol in New Zealand and UK) for minor aches and pains or if you need to bring down a high fever.
But I would caution against the regular use during pregnancy as a recent study** has linked Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) use in pregnancy to wheezing and asthma in children of women who took it during pregnancy. More research is needed but may take a few years before we have adequate information.
It’s also advisable to avoid Ibuprofen and Aspirin during pregnancy unless it has been prescribed by your Family Doctor or Ob/Gyn. See your Doctor, Midwife or Ob/Gyn if you think that a prescription medication will help you.
**Reference: Richard Beasley, MD, professor of medicine (April 2011), Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy. Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, Wellington. vol 41: pp 482-489.
It's also well worth checking out these natural cold remedies. Well I hope all this information on cold symptoms in pregnancy, head colds and flu remedies has been of value to you. I’m off to do another Salt Water Gargle and make a nice Hot Lemon and Honey drink for myself. Wish me luck getting rid of my cold symptoms!
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