How to Deal with Colds in Pregnancy

Colds are one of the few ailments mothers-to-be have to suffer through a little extra during pregnancy. This can typically be attributed to decreased immunity during pregnancy.

Colds are a nuisance any day, but they can be particularly frustrating during pregnancy since you can’t resort to usual cold medication because not all of them are safe for the baby.

Colds in Pregnancy

Colds are usually caused by the virus rhinovirus which is easily transmissible from one person to another. They are super common in the environment around us.

Since you have a decreased immunity during pregnancy, you are more likely to catch the virus and it can turn into a symptomatic cold.

How can I treat it?

Not all cold/flu medication is safe during pregnancy so avoid self-medicating without referring to your healthcare provider first! Regardless of the safety, it’s safer to avoid any medication at least for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.

Meanwhile, here are some home remedies you can try to ease your sickness. 

1. Rest

Exhaustion can typically worsen cold symptoms. The worst thing you can do during a cold is to skip sleep and overwork yourself. 

Instead, focus on getting enough sleep and rest whenever you feel like the symptoms are getting to be a little too much. The cold is probably already hindering your productivity; might as well just call it a day and rest!

2. Focus on Foods with Vitamin C

Vitamin C might not be the ultimate prevention of colds as it is commonly thought to be, but it can help to speed up your recovery! 

Instead of resorting to supplements, incorporate Vitamin C-rich foods into your diet. These include citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, and green vegetables! They work as antioxidants that help to kill off harmful substances in your body and help you recover more swiftly.

3. Hydrate

Hydration is super important to feel better during symptoms of a cold! In addition to water, drink plenty of fruit juices, teas, and soups throughout the day to make sure you stay hydrated as well as nourished!

4. Supplements and Medical Safety

If you want to take any medications or supplements to hasten your recovery process, always do your research and refer to your healthcare provider before taking anything. 

Always look for supplements or medicines that are specially made for pregnant women to avoid any complications!