Having a cold is bad as it is, but having a cold while being pregnant? That’s a whole other story, an uncomfortable and an annoying story to be exact. I know the feeling too well because I had a cold with both of my pregnancies and I’m here to assure you that you can combat the cold during pregnancy.
Yes it may take longer than the “normal” time to recover from the cold and cough, but you will feel better after following these 8 simple ways to combat the cold while being pregnant, I pinky promise. I am sharing with you simple and natural ways to get rid of the cold once and for all, some may seem obvious but they make all of the difference in the world.
Having a cold while being pregnant as you can already tell is not fun at all, your immune system is more vulnerable to infections and illnesses and therefor making it easier for you to get sick with a cold. These tips will help you get the help and comfort you need to combat the cold during your pregnancy.
Cold symptoms you may experience:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Please keep in mind this important fact:
The reason it is much harder for a pregnant woman to fight off the cold is because you cannot take most over counter medicine to treat your cold. As this may cause harm to your unborn baby. Here’s a list of safe medication you can take to ease the discomfort of having a cold.
I hope you find these simple tips helpful and let’s say goodbye to the cold once and for all!
8 simple ways to combat the cold during pregnancy
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1.Rest as much as you can
This tip may sound very obvious and that’s because it is! But a very important obvious thing to do because your body will need all of the rest that it can get. Take naps if you can, go to sleep earlier than you usually do and even sit down to relax.
Try sleeping with extra pillows under your head, this way you are sleeping a little elevated, making it easier for you to breathe!
2. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water and juice to help your pregnant body stay hydrated.
3. Chicken noodle soup
A warm bowl of chicken noodle soup does your soul and body good. Enjoy it with a lot of garlic, since garlic is a great natural source of antiviral, and antibacterial that are great in killing infections and viruses.
You can watch me make this yummy and hearty soup:
4. Warm bath
Taking a warm (not too hot) bath or shower will help you release stress and it will make you feel so much better. You will feel more energized and relaxed once you have taken a nice warm bath.
Leave the hot water on for a few minutes, until it starts to steam. The steam from the warm water will help your congestion and it’s also very soothing.
Having a humidifier is great because it will help you sleep so much better at night and it also adds extra moisture to the air! Purchase a humidifier to help you with the cold and since you’re most likely going to use it again once your baby comes, it’s a win win situation!
Please make sure to follow the instructions on how and when to clean your humidifier.
6. Vapor rub
I love using vapor rub when I’m sick and when my children are sick too. I feel that it really helps us breathe and feel so much better. When I was pregnant with my kids and had a cold, I rubbed vapor rub on my chest and on top of my nose. Using a vapor rub may relieve congestion, sore throat and cough.
Get your own here!
7. Tissue paper
Since you are most likely going to experience a constant runny nose and sneezing, a great soft facial tissue paper is a must. I honestly stocked up on these when I was pregnant and I think you should too!
8. Honey with lime
This is a great natural home remedy that I live by. It helps relieve the symptoms of a soar throat and it also helps with the cough. I hope you give this remedy a try because it also taste good!
You simply pour one to two tablespoons of honey and add the juice of half a lime. Mix well and you can drink with a spoon throughout the day.
As you already know, being pregnant and having a cold is not easy. That’s why I wanted to share with you my simple tips for getting rid of the cold while being pregnant, even if it may take longer. Remember to constantly wash your hands and keep surfaces clean at all times. If your partner is sick or if you have children that are sick, do not share drinks or eat from the same spoon.
You need to take care of yourself and sleeping and resting as much as you can will help you do just that. Even if you’re just laying down reading a book, it will help your body. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or juice and don’t forget to eat! A nice warm bowl of chicken noodle soup will do the trick 😉
Having a vapor rub, humidifier and tissue paper will help relieve some of the cold symptoms and also will make getting rid and combating your cold a lot easier. Remember to take a nice warm bath because it’s simply soothing and the bonus trick is that it will also temporarily relieve your congestion. My honey and lime natural remedy for your sore throat is worth giving a try, specially since I still use this remedy with my family.
I hope you give these helpful tips on how you can combat the cold during pregnancy a try. So that you can feel better soon and kick your cold some serious behind!