During pregnancy we take maximum care of ourselves, but the cold arrives and with it colds increase , so it is not strange that one day the itchy throat, cough, mucus begin … I am pregnant and I have had a cold: What can I do (and what not)?
At any other stage of life we resort to certain drugs to alleviate the symptoms of the cold ( not to cure it ), but during pregnancy it is important not to self-medicate. Because although a cold does not affect the health of the fetus, the fact that you take medicine on your own can harm it.
What about pain relievers, cough suppressants, antihistamines … and other products to relieve symptoms? None of these medications can be taken without a prescription during pregnancy. Many drugs ( eye paracetamol or ibuprofen , for example) could affect the fetus.
In the case of paracetamol , it is considered safe during pregnancy , but they recommend avoiding it as much as possible and if not, doing it only in the minimum recommended doses. On the other hand, anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen) are related to an increased risk of miscarriage. Nor can you take some antihistamines, cough syrups, decongestants … Always consult your doctor.
Of course, antibiotics are also not helpful for colds and flu , so they should be avoided. They do not work against viruses and, taken unnecessarily, can make it harder for the body to fight bacterial infections in the future.
Also, remember that no medicine cures the cold but that it will follow its natural process. The common cold does not usually last more than seven days (maybe a little longer during pregnancy).
Relieve Cold Symptoms During Pregnancy
So, many of you will be wondering, do I have to pass the cold without any “help”? If the symptoms are mild, with a runny nose and sore throat, there are certain tricks that will help you get over the cold in the best possible way.
- Drink plenty of water and fluids to help replenish fluids and eliminate the virus.
- Get as much rest as you can and don’t let stress get to you – this will help you feel better.
- Drink warm milk with honey or lemon and warm honey water to relieve an itchy throat and cough.
- Avoid excessively dry or smoky environments.
- Mist eucalyptus or use a humidifier in the bathroom to help expel mucus from the airways.
- Use saline or seawater nasal cleansers from the drugstore.
- If the smell doesn’t bother you, you can try a classic remedy: place a chopped onion next to the bed at night.
- Rest with your upper body slightly elevated to help you breathe easier.
If you have a headache , we repeat that during pregnancy it is better to avoid medications as much as possible, but certain natural remedies could help you: maintain a healthy diet and a good rest, take a relaxing bath with warm water, stay well hydrated …
If the symptoms are acute, go to the gynecologist to see if he can prescribe a suitable drug to alleviate the symptoms, although many doctors are in favor of not giving drugs in pregnancy unless they are absolutely essential.
Since there is no global cold vaccine (the flu vaccine prevents only certain strains), what we can do is try to prevent it.
- A preventive strategy is to avoid exposure to people with colds so as not to get infected.
- Frequent and thorough hand washing is one of the best habits to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. The viruses that cause colds can enter the body this way and make us sick.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature and do not remain exposed to the cold for a long time.
Finally, let us remember that a cold is not the same as a flu , and while there is no vaccine for colds, there is one for the flu, which is recommended for pregnant women . If along with the aforementioned complaints you have a fever and muscle pain, it is most likely that you have the flu. Go to the doctor to determine the most appropriate treatment that does not harm the baby.
We hope that you do not have more serious symptoms and that what you are going through is simply a cold in pregnancy: you already know how to act to feel better and what cannot be done during the catarrhal process. Patience, because in a few days you will start to feel better …