While pregnant, it’s best to avoid medications altogether, but it’s especially important to avoid them during your first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Some doctors also recommend caution after 28 weeks.
To stay on the safe side and make sure your baby develops properly and stays healthy, you should avoid taking any drugs for minor health issues, such as a cold or flu. Instead, turn to tried and tested natural remedies.
It’s important to stay hydrated at all times, but especially during pregnancy. Always drink at least 8 glasses of water, but during a cold go for 10. To help your body combat a cold, squeeze half a lemon into a warm glass of water and drink whenever you feel thirsty.
Get Plenty of Rest
During pregnancy, it’s normal to sleep more than usual, but it’s especially important to sleep enough if you’re both pregnant and have flu or a cold. Make sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours every night and nap during the day. During sleep, the body literally repairs itself, so don’t cut back on rest.
Always make sure your body is well-protected against outside factors. If it’s cold outside, wear comfy, warm clothes (lots of layers!), take hot (but not scalding hot) showers and drink herbal teas. It’s best to dress in light layers, so if it gets warm outside, you can easily remove one piece of clothing.
Eating healthily is always important, but even more so during pregnancy. Focus on nutrient-dense foods, eat lots of vegetables, fruits, lean protein and healthy fats. Make sure you’re getting enough of omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamin C. Finally, to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, take a prenatal vitamin.
Garlic: garlic is a superfood; it’s antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral, so it’s super important to consume plenty of it during a cold.
Chicken soup: the traditional cold remedy, a homemade chicken soup is nourishing and can help you soothe congestion and reduce inflammation.
Honey and lemon: if you have a sore throat or you’re coughing a lot, brew a cup of herbal tea (like peppermint), add one teaspoon of raw honey and ½ a lemon juice. Mix and drink a few times a day.
Salt water: to further help your throat heal, gargle salt water.