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Thursday, January 11th 2007, 11:33am

Coughs, Colds and Sniffles in Early Pregnancy.

Your immune system is lowered slightly during pregnancy in order to stop your body rejecting your unborn baby. This means that you are more vulnerable to viral infections, such as coughs, colds and flu.

You can't protect yourself from every cold virus, but you can help to boost your immune system by following these tips from NHS Direct:

• Eat a healthy diet including plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods - a balance of these will give you minerals and antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, which help to fight infections.

• Swap caffeinated drinks for herbal teas, water or fruit juice - these can help flush out your system and boost your levels of vitamins and minerals.

• Make sure you get plenty of rest and try to keep your stress levels to a minimum.

• If you smoke, give it up, as it damages your immune system. Find out more about quitting during pregnancy.

• Keep fit - exercise can help boost your circulation and your immune system. (Find out more about exercising safely in pregnancy).

You may also choose to take a vitamin and mineral supplement specifically formulated for pregnant women but, apart from folic acid, a varied and well-balanced diet usually gives you all the vitamins and minerals you need during pregnancy.

You should never use over-the-counter remedies or herbal remedies without first checking with your midwife, GP or pharmacist that they are safe to take during pregnancy.

Many aren't, as they contain substances, such as decongestants, that haven't been tested for safety during pregnancy and could affect your baby's development and health. Some contain caffeine and even alcohol.

If you need to take painkillers, it's safe to take the recommended dose of paracetamol. However, you should avoid aspirin as it can affect your baby's development in the early weeks and, in late pregnancy, affect the onset and length of your labour.

Ibuprofen, codeine and painkillers that contain a combination of drugs should be avoided, too.

Avoid taking large doses of vitamin C as this can give you stomach ache, wind and diarrhoea. The recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C for adults is 40mg.

Vapour rubs, such as Vicks, and non-medicated cough lozenges are both safe. If you need more information you can speak to a trained nurse about over-the-counter medicines on the Consumer Health Information Centre (CHIC) advice line 0208 742 7042 or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

There are lots of safe, natural ways to help alleviate cough and cold symptoms:

• Eat nutritious foods - a well-balanced diet, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will give you the right amounts of vitamins and minerals, carbohydrate, protein and fat.

• For a cold with a stuffy nose, try a steam inhalation. With a towel over your head, lean over a bowl of hot water with two or three drops of eucalyptus oil or Olbas oil added and inhale to help clear the congestion.

• For a sore throat and cough, make up a soothing drink of hot water, honey and lemon.

• Gargling with salt water or sucking throat sweets can help ease a sore throat.

• Rest when you feel you need to - sleep helps your body to heal itself.

• Drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost through all the extra mucus your body is producing or sweating, if you have a fever. Warm drinks are especially soothing when you have a cold - try rosehip tea, which is rich in vitamin C.

The symptoms of flu - fever, headaches, chills, achiness, fatigue and loss of appetite - can really lay you low when pregnant. This is your body's way of telling you that you need to take it easy.

Drink plenty of fluids, especially if you have a fever, to avoid dehydration. Vitamin C-rich fruit juices, such as orange juice, will help you fight off the infection, while a drink of hot water, lemon and honey will help soothe a sore throat.

Try not to get overheated, as it is best to maintain a normal temperature - paracetamol can help control your temperature. (Read more on treating a fever safely in pregnancy).

Although you won't feel like eating at first, when you do, try to eat something nutritious, such as fruit, wholegrain toast, or a warm, milky drink. Get plenty of bed rest, nap when you feel the need and don't get up or go back to work until you are fully recovered.

If you're not getting better within a few days, go and see your GP as a secondary infection may have set in. During pregnancy it's not recommended that you have a flu vaccine unless your doctor advises you otherwise or you are a healthcare professional working directly with patients.

However uncomfortable you may feel when you have flu, rest assured that your baby is well protected against the virus within your womb. However, if you have a very high temperature, seek the advice of your GP.

You can help yourself by taking the recommended dose of paracetamol, which is safe to use while pregnant, and getting as much rest as you can. It's important that you give yourself time to recover completely before picking up your daily routine again.


If you have a persistent cough or cold that doesn't seem to be lifting, talk to your GP as you may have a secondary infection, such as a chest infection, that will need treatment. If you have any worries about your health, always consult your GP or midwife who won't mind answering your queries, however minor you may feel they are.

There are many antibiotics which are safe to take during pregnancy, but some aren't, so make sure your doctor knows you are pregnant before prescribing for you.

Penicillins are safe to take, but tetracyclines can cause minor fetal abnormalities early in pregnancy and cause discolouration of your baby's first and permanent teeth if given later in pregnancy.

Never take antibiotics that are left over from a previous prescription and always finish the course you are given.





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Thursday, January 11th 2007, 11:44am

oooh - well, ginger is forbidden to pregnant ladies here in asia because it heats up the stomach too much (according to local folk lore).

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Thursday, January 11th 2007, 1:20pm

Bells
Thank you soooo much for this
I am feeling so ill. Going to hace a read as battling with my conscience at the moment re taking paracetemol.
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Friday, February 16th 2007, 7:45am

Thanks from me also! I've had bad sinus pain & headaches for about a week, and now I get a sore throat & cough! Good to know some things I can take


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Thursday, March 1st 2007, 8:37pm

i think ive got a cold coming, had sore throat today, so reading this thread has reassured me, so thanks!



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Thursday, March 1st 2007, 9:04pm

It often coincides with a BFP Laura. Sore throat, coldy feelings, a bit crappy ....it's all good :]





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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 7:23pm

Quoted

Originally posted by Bells
It often coincides with a BFP Laura. Sore throat, coldy feelings, a bit crappy ....it's all good :]


how true
I have had two doses of cold which has coincided with a BFP bells !
as Mrs K has grabbed all the duvet and left me to wake up freezing !!!
Sympathetic symptoms !

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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 7:42pm

Errr yeah...... I don't think it applies to men mmmmmm ... unless your HCG levels are a bit dodgy... [zx230]


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Monday, June 16th 2008, 10:13am

What can I take for a sore throat?

I've got a sore throat & cough at the moment.

Paracetamol isn't really going to help as it's more irritating than hurting.
Any recommendations for something to help?

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Monday, June 16th 2008, 10:16am

Hiya

There is a really good thread here that I hope helps

Coughs, Colds and Sniffles in Early Pregnancy.

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Monday, June 16th 2008, 10:22am

I like having a hot drink made with oranges/lemons boiled up in water with some honey stirred in....really soothes the irritation. Or even just a spoonful of honey on its own.
Gargle with warm salt water also helps but may well make you want to throw up, so maybe not that!
Not sure about what/if there are meds that are ok...sorry.
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Monday, June 16th 2008, 10:35am

Thanks girls.

I'll take a look at that link too.

I've just made a hot citrus tea so hopefully that'll soothe it for a while.


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Saturday, June 21st 2008, 11:56pm

Boiling water poured over a thick wedge of lemon, give it a good sgwidging with a tea spoon so that the lemon breaks up a bit.

Large teaspoon of honey to sweeten and away you go!!

honey is also a natural antisceptic. :D

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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 2:49pm

Im 7 wks pg today and I feel rotten with a cold and sniffley nose. It keeps my mind off the sickness etc though lol.

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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 8:55pm

donz, I am day 5 of nasty cold so you got my sympathies!!!
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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 8:58pm

I am getting a sore throat! I thought at first I was just thirsty, now I can tell that my throat is sore.

Are throat lozenges ok? Think I might just stick to honey

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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 9:04pm

Only take the simple strepsils but ask your pharmacist first. I would only take these if you really had to.
Most of my lozengers have big pregnancy warnings.

Hot water, lemon and honey in buckets.
Lemon is anticeptic.

Good nose clearer as you can't use lots of the sprays are plain saline spray or head over a bucket of hot water.
Bucket of boiling water also helps cough...
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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 9:12pm

I want to make a ginger tea, but i know if I drink now I will be up in the middle of the night to pee! DOH!

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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 9:22pm

qwerty, if you DON'T drink it then you might be up all night making hot drinks instead :)
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Friday, September 19th 2008, 2:56pm

Thanks for the info Bells I have a rotten cold infact had it all week but not due to do test untill next Wed so hear's hoping it's a BFP then the cold will have been worth it
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Friday, October 17th 2008, 9:18am

Are Halls Soothers ok to take while pg?

Feel daft asking but I'd only worry if I didn't and had them! I have a sore throat and blocked nose. These should be ok to take shouldn't they?








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Friday, October 17th 2008, 9:19am

Yes they wil be fine. Not so good for your teeth thoguh so make sure you brush well!





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Friday, October 17th 2008, 9:20am

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Wednesday, November 5th 2008, 8:55pm

think everyone has got a cold now, are we passing it on through this site ...lol...slept most of today...a good excuse. i have only had 1 blood test since BFP and not been told about another one. got scan on 20th nov. reading posts i seem to think lots of you have had more...am i worried about nothing. hate having blood tests but would sooner be having them to keep mind at ease. please let me know if you not had many too xx ?(

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Wednesday, November 5th 2008, 9:05pm

Kanga, I have only had one lot taken when I had my 12 week scan at the hospital. Unless you are poorly or there is a need to check HCG levels eg with bleeding, then there's really no need to have blood taken frequently.





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Thursday, November 6th 2008, 8:48pm

thanks mrs jasper, think i am just worrying cause feel really ill at mo with cold, got a very poorly dog too, trying to cheer myself with food but keep tasting bananas and i hate them....yuk. thanks xx :P

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Sunday, December 21st 2008, 6:21pm

I have got a really nasty cough and it's making my throat really sore as well, is there anything "safe" that I can take or should I just stick to honey, lemon etc ......... ?
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Thursday, January 29th 2009, 12:59pm

I have got a dreadful cold :( just drinking honey and lemon but it doesnt do much :(
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Monday, November 30th 2009, 9:42pm

hey all

I am 7 weeks preg, and i have a rotten cold! i am sneezing so much! and i have a sore throat, I have been in bed all day and im in bed nice and early now!!!! Plenty of rest is what i recommend.

I am drinking honey and lemon and lets hope it makes a different, I was told not to take any over the counter medication with out asking your doctor/midwife.

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Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 9:22am

cough and cold at 5 weeks

Hello, I think Im just after some re-assurance really!

Im 5 weeks and 3 days pregnant with my first baby after having a frozen embryo transfer. On Friday (4 days ago) I came down with a nasty cold and since then I havent been sleeping as I have been bunged up and coughing through the night. I cough so much I am almost sick at some points and its a really deep hard cough that hurts my stomach. I am really worried that this is causing harm to the pregnancy. I did phone my clinic yesterday and she said having a cold wasnt any harm, but I still worry.

Another thing is I was having really strong pg symptoms at the beginning even before I found out and now Im feeling so awful with the cold I dont even feel pregnant anymore. Im hoping its just that I feel so rubbish, sick and tired cos of the cold, its masking the symptoms.

Feeling pretty rubbish and dont want to sound silly thinking you can cough yourself to miscarry as I know this cant happen, but its just taken us so long to get here and now Im ill and feeling so rubbish that I cant help worrying.

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Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 9:46am

Hi FC,

I'm just about getting over my cold now but felt pretty awful too. It's hard because we can't take much to help alleviate symptoms. I kept making myself honey and lemon hot drinks which helped with my sore throat. I know this sounds disgusting but I also found that when taking a shower was the best time to blow my nose as the steam thinned the mucus making it easier....I always felt better after a warm shower. I know you feel terrible right now but just try and rest up as much as possible so that your body can recover and you'll be feeling like your preggers self again in no time x



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Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 11:04am

Thank you Kayjay, I suppose its only natural to worry, and I'll just have to hang in there.

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Monday, October 11th 2010, 6:30pm

Oh my god! I have just read the post about Ginger..... I've been drinking ginger tea by the bucket loads to settle my stomach and I now have a cold - is it really not recommended?
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Thursday, December 23rd 2010, 8:15am

Does anyone know any alternatives to honey and lemon, i cant stand honey so its a no no for me.

Any recommendations very much appreciated xx

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Thursday, December 23rd 2010, 8:26am

Hot vimto or blackcurrant is nice Shelley.




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