Cold and flu season can be tough on anyone, but even more so when you are pregnant. Pregnant women cannot take many over the counter medications so it can be hard to find something that will relieve symptoms and make you feel better.
The first way to survive the cold or the flu is to not get sick in the first place. The best way to prevent illness is to keep your hands clean. You cannot wash them too often. Plus it is easy to have hand sanitizer on hand when you are out of the house. Plus drink plenty of fluids, get as much sleep as possible and keep stress levels to a minimum. Plus don’t forget to get your flu shot.
If you get a sore throat when pregnant, one thing you can take, and that really helps is throat lozenges, especially those with menthol in them. Hot water with honey and lemon can also do wonders for a sore throat. When you go to sleep you can prop yourself up with an extra pillow to help your sinuses drain a little better as well.
A humidifier can be a big help when you have a cough. Higher levels of humidity will usually provide relief, if only temporary, from your cough. So they are great to use while sleeping to hopefully help you sleep better without coughing all night. If it gets really bad you can sit in the bathroom with a hot shower running and the steam will help stop the coughing.
To help bring your fever down, continue to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. You also can lay a cold compress on your forehead to help bring your temperature down.
When you are pregnant, take all the precautions you can to keep illness far away from you. But if you find yourself with a bad cold or the flu, hopefully some of these tips will help you through.