Tips to Deal With Flu and Cough During Pregnancy

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There are more than 200 viruses that cause symptoms of the common cold. The symptoms last about a week, although a cough can last up to three weeks.

Because a cold is caused by a virus and not by bacteria, antibiotics won’t help you get better.

Sometimes a bacterial infection of your throat, sinuses, ears or lungs can follow on from a cold. These may need an antibiotic, so see your GP if your symptoms keep getting worse. Always see your GP if you get a high fever while you are pregnant.

Treatments for a cold or flu during pregnancy

Certain tried-and-true cold treatments can be trusted while pregnant:

  • getting plenty of rest
  • drinking a lot of fluids
  • gargling with warm salt water for a sore throat or cough

A few home remedies include:

  • Saline nasal drops and sprays for loosening nasal mucus and soothing inflamed nasal tissue.
  • Breathing warm, humid air to help loosen congestion. Try using a facial steamer, a hot-mist vaporizer, or even a hot shower.
  • Chicken soup helps relieve inflammation and soothe congestion.
  • Adding honey or lemon to a warm cup of decaffeinated tea to help relieve a sore throat. Elevating your head to help you sleep better.
  • Using hot and cold packs to alleviate sinus pain

How to prevent getting a cough or cold during pregnancy

In order to avoid getting a cold or cough, the most important step to take is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you are eating nutritiously, getting the necessary amount of sleep, and exercising on a regular basis. In addition to this, it is important that you take your prenatal vitamins, as well as probiotics.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting a flu vaccination helps protect pregnant women and their babies for up to six months after birth. So, it’s important for pregnant women to be up-to-date on their vaccination schedule. Ask your doctor about a preservative-free vaccine if you’re concerned about trace amounts of mercury used as a preservative in most vaccines.

Others things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick include:

  • washing your hands often
  • getting enough sleep
  • eating a healthy diet
  • avoiding close contact with sick family or friends
  • exercising regularly
  • reducing stress

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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