- 1 How common are colds in pregnancy
- 2 Cold medications in pregnancy
- 3 Colds in pregnancy: how to get rid of a stuffy nose
- 4 natural remedies to clear a stuffy nose in pregnancy
- 5 Colds in pregnancy: what to do for cough and sore throat
- 6 Herbal teas against colds in pregnancy
- 7 Colds in pregnancy: when to warn the gynecologist
Autumn can play tricks: the first temperature changes and… tac! Here are the first colds with a runny or completely blocked nose, burst sneezing, headaches, a few lines of fever, scattered pains, cough. All normal, for adults and also for the little ones, especially those who have recently started school. What if you get a cold during pregnancy? Nothing serious, of course, but the fact of not being able to take many drugs complicates things a little. So let's see how to remedy it.
How common are colds in pregnancy
The cold in pregnancy is very common: in reality, with the dozens and dozens of parainfluenza viruses that circulate around us every year, it is not difficult to catch it. During gestation, however, the immune system is not exactly 100% and therefore you can be more prone to infections. Cold included, of course.
Cold medications in pregnancy
In fact, whether you are pregnant or not, there are no specific medicines for colds: in theory, you simply have to wait for it - as the grandmothers used to say - to “take its course” and pass by itself. However, some ailments can be alleviated, even without resorting to the pharmacy. There are not many drugs allowed during pregnancy and, in any case, they must always be prescribed only and exclusively by your gynecologist: what is good for a pregnant woman can instead be harmful for another because each has her medical history. Even if it's just plain paracetamol.
Colds in pregnancy: how to get rid of a stuffy nose
With a cold it is typical to have a stuffy nose and breathing becomes a torture. What to do? In the pharmacy you will find many natural sprays based, for example, on sea water. These can also be used safely in pregnancy. The important thing is that they do not contain drugs that you are not sure you can take (such as cortisone). There are isotonic and hypertonic solutions: the difference lies in the amount of salts they contain. Hypertonics are stronger, but take effect earlier.
The classic physiological solution of children can also be used to free the blocked nose. On the market it also exists in convenient pre-dosed vials: you can put them directly in the nose or make an aerosol. If the predominant symptom is precisely nasal, rhinowash can be very useful. It is a device that nebulizes the physiological just like the aerosol, but it is done in the nose. You will certainly need it for your puppy once it is born because it is much more practical and faster than traditional aerosol to clear the blocked nose of newborns.
Natural remedies to clear a stuffy nose in pregnancy
In case of a cold during pregnancy, if the nose is blocked mainly at night, put on a plaster to breathe better. They are the ones that are advertised for example for those who snore a lot. They open the nostrils very naturally and allow easier breathing. And put an extra pillow behind your shoulders: it will also help in case of cough.
And returning to our grandmothers, green light to fumigations. Put hot water in a basin and add a few drops of essential oils, such as mint, eucalyptus, pine, bergamot or tea tree oil. Cover your head with a towel and breathe through your nose and mouth (especially if you have a sore throat). You can also add a few drops of thyme, lavender or chamomile: they all have emollient and calming effects and, by enhancing the effect of the other oils, promote healing.
Cold in pregnancy: what to do for cough and sore throat
If you cough a lot or your throat burns, try honey with lemon or gargle with salt water: dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass with a little water. Or, again, you can make your own chest balm at home: mix 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in half a cup of coconut oil or shea butter and spread some on the chest. Keep the rest in a closed container.
Herbal teas against colds in pregnancy
For colds in pregnancy, ginger tea serves to relieve nasal congestion, reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes and helps clear the nasal passages. To make it, you need a liter of water to boil, to which add 6 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger, a pinch of cinnamon and a few drops of lemon juice. And it will be fine even if you feel nauseous.
Colds in pregnancy: when to warn the gynecologist
Generally, in 2-3 days the cold passes on its own, even in pregnancy: you just need to rest. However, it is advisable to contact your gynecologist if you have a fever above 38,5 ° C, stubborn cough with chest pain, abundant and colored mucus or in any case if the symptoms are persistent. It could be a sign that the cold is evolving into something more serious: your doctor will prescribe adequate treatment.
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