What can I do for cold and allergy symptoms?
Colds can make you feel miserable, even at the best of times, and during pregnancy there are increased concerns. However, there are many home remedies that can relieve symptoms, 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.
- Gargle one teaspoon of salt in ½ cup warm water every four hours while awake. Doing this will reduce the amount of mucus in the back of the throat and relieve mild soreness.
- Use saline nose drops (NOT regular Afrin or Neo-Synephrine) before bed and in the morning. This will help moisten secretions.
- Take two Tylenol (plain) tablets every four hours, if necessary, for aches. Do not exceed more than six tablets within 24 hours. However, you should avoid doing this during the first trimester, and for one week before your triple test.
- Take your temperature, orally, twice daily – call us if your temperature is greater that 100.4° Fahrenheit.
- Drink one teaspoon of honey and 2-3 drops of lemon juice to relieve coughing. Hold this in your mouth until the honey thins and then swallow. If coughing becomes sever enough to interrupt sleep or cause 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.
- Take Actifed or Sudafed, as directed on the package, to relieve congestion. However, It is preferable that you not take this medication during your first trimester of pregnancy.