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Can I take anything for a cold?

(54 Posts)
StillPukin Tue 24-Sep-13 19:36:58

I've got a horrible drippy nose and a raw, painful throat. At 25 wks, is there anything I can take or any natural 'remedies'?

TheBreastmilksOnMe Tue 24-Sep-13 19:39:00

You can safely take paracetamol, also hot watet, honey and lemon.

StillPukin Tue 24-Sep-13 19:40:15

Yeh, I might try the honey and lemon option, see if it helps - thanks

BikeRunSki Tue 24-Sep-13 19:40:37

Honey and Glycerine

IAmADonkeyOnTheEdge Tue 24-Sep-13 19:40:42

Olbas oil or lovely vick .... Lots and lots of hot drinks - hot ribena maybe instead of too much caffeine . Hope you feel better soon , lots and lots of rest !

GetStuffezd Tue 24-Sep-13 19:41:26

Damn - was going to suggest a creamy brandy coffee but perhaps not!

StillPukin Tue 24-Sep-13 19:42:42

Mmm, lockets!

I dont know if I could face a hot drink, my throat is so sore sad

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Tue 24-Sep-13 19:47:47

I used Tyrozets for sore throats when I was pregnant. They really help to numb your throat a bit.

cravingcake Tue 24-Sep-13 19:58:35

Hot steamy bath will help clear your nose, and ease aches & pains

StillPukin Tue 24-Sep-13 19:58:50

I'm saying 'Oohh' to all the suggestions but then realised I've none of them in and I'm already in my pyjamas. I've made a clod glass of vimto and found some lozenges in the bottom of the first aid kit, they'll have to do until tomorrow

StillPukin Tue 24-Sep-13 20:00:00

Ooh, now I'm liking the hot bath idea - anyone wanna run me one lol

EeyoreIsh Tue 24-Sep-13 20:03:23

I'm in the same situation, 21 weeks and horrible cold.

I've been having paracetomal and honey and lemon. I've been having spoons of honey as it's great for sore throats.

olbas oil is a no no in pregnancy, sadly.

StillPukin Tue 24-Sep-13 20:24:40

Boo Eeyore sad hope you soon feel better

cadidog Tue 24-Sep-13 20:37:58

I had a horrible cold last week and my pharmacist said that vocal zones (throat sweets) were fine as long as I didn't exceed the 1 every 2 hours rule

K8eee Tue 24-Sep-13 20:41:27

I'm just over 14 weeks pg, and feeling sorry for myself with a snotty nose and raging sore throat. Sent dh out to get some lemsip when I then remember I was pg hmm still plodding on! I did happily eat away at a rocket lolly and rubbed the tip of it at the back of my throat to numb it in between gagging grin relieved the stinging smile

PinkWitch803 Wed 25-Sep-13 08:50:28

I have been given a linctus bu the hospital which has been amazing for my throat. And the doctor gave me loratidine hayfever tabs in the summer which can help you survive a cold as they dry your sinus up and stop that runny nose.

Maybe make an appointment with you doc and get a couple of scripts. You may as well as you get free prescriptions while preggers

ovenbun Wed 25-Sep-13 09:37:21

Ice polls are saving me at the moment, and salt water gargles! Hope you feel better soon xxx

LadyMedea Wed 25-Sep-13 10:08:19

Saline nasal spray is really good for unblocking as you can't use decongestants.

FunnyRunner Wed 25-Sep-13 10:48:29

I coughed so badly I was almost sick when I was pregnant. Pharmacist would only give me glycerine tablets. BUT doctor told me I could take Strepsils Extra because all they have is a local anaesthetic effect. I still worship that woman!

RobotHamster Wed 25-Sep-13 10:51:18

If youve got any lemonade, warm it in the microwave and add the vimto. It'll feel all prickly but really helps your throat.

Cocolikeschocolate Wed 25-Sep-13 11:21:06

There is a company that will deliver a full cold and flu care pack to your door within 3 hours (if you live in London) or next day for outside London. Just had a look at their site and the care pack has berocca, vics, strepsils, kleenex, lemsip & nurofen (i think you can request alternative product options too for the items that don't suit pregnancy) but best of all you get a glossy magazine, a home cooked meal and a bar of chocolate and an eye mask!!! Have you rested up and spoilt in no time! I don't think that mumsnet allows you to put website urls up but the company name is Sick-Note. feel better soon! x

WhatWillSantaBring Wed 25-Sep-13 12:03:58

Why is olbas oil a no-no? Is this one of these "there are no studies to prove its safe" things or is there actually evidence that its not safe? There is a big difference between drugs that are just not licensed to sell to pregnant women (i.e. 99% of them) and ones that are actually not safe. FWIW I took Olbas oil with all colds when pg this time and last time. I also used saline nasal sprays.

Went to the GP with the last cold (3 weeks!!!!!!!) and he prescribed me codeine linctus.

And you're in second trimester so you can take ibuprofen (nurofen) if the paracetemol isn't enough.

ChocChaffinch Wed 25-Sep-13 13:12:43

god I am 13 weeks, got hyperemesis, a filthy cold and productive cough that helps make me sicker, and Ive put my back out miserable music plays

Gargle with salt water for the sore throat - my mum recommended it when I was pregnant and it really helped.

Googlella Wed 25-Sep-13 13:50:39

localfoods.about.com/od/drinks/r/honeylemongingertea.htm for a soothing drink.

I can always remember my lovely MIL giving me a bowl of cold fresh pineapple chunks and icecream when I was pg and I'll with a cold at her house.

Googlella Wed 25-Sep-13 13:51:07


Herisson Wed 25-Sep-13 14:17:38

That saline spray really works. I was amazed that it did.

Maxima9 Wed 25-Sep-13 14:35:57

This is an unorthodox remedy that works best for cold. I also give it to my baby 9 month old who just got her first cold and it improved within couple of days. Chop one onion and put it in a small bowl, add either 4-5 large spoons of sugar, or generous amount of honey (note honey only suitable if child older than 1 year). Leave it to stand for 30 minutes, after that take 1 or 2 spoons of the syrup that is made out of the dissolved sugar at the bottom of the bowl. It doesn't taste as bad as it soundssmile and it works.

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MrsPatMustard Wed 25-Sep-13 19:38:06

My GP said I'd 'probably be OK with olbas oil'. So much conflicting information - how are you supposed to know?

mrsannekins Wed 25-Sep-13 19:56:14

Trebor extra strong mints are amazing for a blocked/stuffy nose!

EeyoreIsh Wed 25-Sep-13 20:52:28

my understanding is that olbas oil contains essential oils that are not safe for use in pregnancy. But you can still use steam, and I think menthol.

dontyouknow Wed 25-Sep-13 22:01:02

Drink loads and loads of water and cups of (decaf!) tea to try not to cough too much.

When I was 35 weeks I got a really bad cold and could not shift the cough for weeks - then I got a terrible pain in my side and the GP said I'd torn the muscles down one side from coughing so much. Easily sorted with anti-inflammatories, which you can't take when pregnant. I was given some painkillers which did nothing.

I was in absolute agony - it was almost as bad as when I actually gave birth a few weeks later! I ended up in A&E as it was so painful I could hardly breathe, but there was nothing much they could give me.

So please drink loads if you are coughing and I hope it doesn't last too long!

I looked up on a website that publishes peer reviewed scientific papers (Medline, via Pubmed) what the best remedy for coughs were. Turns out that study after study say that honey is better than anything else you can buy.

They don't publicise that quite enough so I thought I'd help smile

Also, if you can bear it, raw garlic is a fantastic anti-viral. I once went to a lecture on it and now cut it up into pill sized chunks and swallow them. Works well but for some reason people edge away now when I talk to them wink grin

TooTryHard Wed 25-Sep-13 22:40:11

Salt water with honey makes gargling slightly less gaggy.

Difflam saved my throat with my cold.


I kept milk next to me to drink at night as it made the throat less sore than just water. Hot milk and honey before bed too.

Keep hydrated to lessen the effect of a sore throat.

Sleep well!

what worked for me for the throat is dispersible paracetamol gargled and swallowed. a steamy bath and sounds daft but putting a radiator on low and putting a damp towel on it to humidiy you room will help sleep

milk Thu 26-Sep-13 08:55:03

Not pregnant, but I'm drinking hot water with mint and honey smile

puddleduck16 Thu 26-Sep-13 17:23:12

I've heard of people putting half an onion in a bowl near their bed overnight. This apparently absorbs a lot of the bugs. If its worked then it will be brown in the morning.
Have never tried this before though!!!!

im in the same boat but im 35 weeks with thsi nasty cold bug and really sore throat
and running/blocked nose

and i have gestational diabetes so cant really evenhave honey and lemon!

MoosheKoochak Thu 26-Sep-13 20:37:54

I don't know what the reasoning is for olbas oil not being recommended, but Vicks works just the same and it's supposed to be safe, so why not just use that instead. I had a vicks inhaler when I was pregnant, you just stick it in your nose and sniff!

I'm 26 weeks and have a rotten, rotten cold. Saline spray does nothing. Last night in desperation I had a squirt of Sudafed spray (oxymetazoline) and have been feeling guilty since. I was desperate for a night's sleep, as I have a 3 year old and had to work today, and am just recovering from a bad back which ruined sleep for 3 weeks.

On the bottle (and on NHS choices) it says not to take if you'e pregnant. this is because it works by constricting veins so could theoretically reduce blood flow to the placenta/baby. However, a bit of online research shows that in many other countries including USA, Canada, New Zealand and India, oxymetazoline is actually recommended for use in pregnancy, as long as you use it with caution and in moderation.

Rang my midwife who was very cagey and said to ask GP. Argh. I did use it just once in my first pregnancy (also late on, in third trimester I think) and had no ill effects.

Wish the messages weren't so contradictory and confusing! And wish this cold would go sad

colleysmill Thu 26-Sep-13 22:01:47

Oh Lordy I took one beechams capsule today without even thinking sad

Herisson Thu 26-Sep-13 22:13:25

You'll be FINE, colley, and so will your baby. And heartisaspade too. Try to relax, have lots of hot non-caffeiney drinks, hibernate.

colleysmill Thu 26-Sep-13 22:22:57

It just didn't occur to me - I even checked it didn't have ibruprofen in as I can't take that normally!

I'm off to hibernate smile

Nursee007 Fri 27-Sep-13 09:28:02

Spoonfuls of manuka honey have a good antibacterial property. Rinsing the nose with a low pressure, high volume sinus washout kit (such as neilmed bottles, found in pharmacies) are good for relieving blocked noses and sinus pain. Steam and Vicks can help chesty coughs. Sleeping propped up will help tickly coughs from postnatal drip. Garlic tablets will do the same as eating raw garlic. Lots of vitamins, specially vit C and zinc. You need at least 1000mg of vit C, and it's water soluble so very unlikely to overdose as you just pee out what your body doesn't use. Hope some of that helps!

laughingeyes2013 Fri 27-Sep-13 17:28:34

Studies show vitamin c makes recovery much faster. During pregnancy you can safety take 1000mg with a cold. Although vitamin c can be found in diet I don't think an apple a day will quite cut it for the dosage needed.

I just suggest hot ribena and ice cream - so soothing

Xollob Sat 28-Sep-13 01:08:55

Some health food shops do a honey and ginger syrup that you dilute - it's very hot but very good.

Even though our youngest is in juniors, I'm still really grateful every time I am ill I can have medicine, after 10 years of not being allowed it - being pregnant and being ill is horrible. (I wasn't pregnant for 10 years! but breastfeeding and pregnancy etc combined).

Add grated fresh ginger to your honey and lemon in hot water, use manuka honey if you have it.

This is brilliant to soothe and open up your throat, and clear your head, also smells nicer than onion or garlic remedies! I had it all the time when pregnant, it also is great for any nausea, so double whammy.

Get better, colds are yuk!

babybarrister Sun 29-Sep-13 11:34:00

DH is a great fan of garlic gloves up the posterior as a cure all!

Xollob Sun 29-Sep-13 20:44:12

babybarrister 'garlic gloves'? whole gloves? That sounds painful! I take it you meant 'garlic cloves'!

He obviously hasn't read the garlic cloves and worms thread that much be in classics by now - hilarious if you have a spare hour!

babybarrister Sun 29-Sep-13 21:05:59

Whole garlic cloves - peeled! I have read the thread and live with similar side effects thanks to DH!

dizhin79 Thu 03-Oct-13 15:50:51

i'm just getting over a cold and have discovered Belvoir ginger cordial, mixed with honey, lemon and hot water it really soothed my throat smile also and i'm not on commision but avon heavenly hydration planet spa facial oil has repaired my nose every night!

It is so miserable having a cold sad

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