Being sick while pregnant is no fun! Colds are miserable things, even at the best of times, but there are increased concerns during pregnancy. Many things can relieve symptoms at home, sometimes eliminating the need for an office visit.
- Use a cool mist vaporizer/humidifier at night. This moistens the air you breathe to keep secretions flowing.
- Saline gargles (one teaspoon of salt in ½ cup warm water) every four hours while awake will cut the mucus in the back of the throat and relieves mild soreness.
- Any brand of saline nose drops (NOT regular Afrin or Neo-Synephrine) at bedtime and on arising in the morning will help moisten secretions.
- Tylenol (plain) two tablets every four hours if necessary for aches (maximum of six tablets in 24 hours.) Preferably not during the first trimester and not at all for one week before your triple test.
- Take your temperature, orally, twice daily – call us if your temperature is greater than 100.4 Fahrenheit.
- Relieve coughing with one teaspoon of honey and 2-3 drops of lemon juice. Hold this in your mouth until the honey thins and then swallow. If coughing interrupts sleep or causes vomiting, call your doctor. You may try Robitussin DM, an over-the-counter cough medication, after the first trimester.
- Increase fluids (especially water) to two quarts a day.
- Get extra rest, if possible.
- Actifed or Sudafed may also be used for symptoms of congestion when taken as directed on the package. It is preferable that you not take this in your first trimester of pregnancy.