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What do YOU treat a cold with in pregnancy?

(25 Posts)
OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 10:52:32

Ive got Olbus oil, vix and paracetamol but wondering if anyone had other recommendations?

homealonehappy Mon 27-Mar-17 10:54:15

Honey and lemon!

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 10:58:44

Thank you! I'll give that a try tonight! I'm so blocked up!

isupposeitsverynice Mon 27-Mar-17 11:00:14

Sleeping and crying wink

glitterglitters Mon 27-Mar-17 11:01:15

Good friend sent me this a few years ago when I was bunged up with cold and pregnant. Absolute lifesaver.

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 11:01:58

Sleeping sounds blissful but it's just not happening at the moment. 😞

Muddywellies10 Mon 27-Mar-17 11:02:12

I used children friendly remedies! so calpol plug in (releases chamomile and helps you breathe) also saline nasal spray. Second the honey and lemon - Manuka honey particularly good as it is naturally antibacterial. Also dose up on paracetamol. Hope you feel better soon.

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 11:02:53

Oh that looks good Glitter. I think I need a boots trip!

Daffydil Mon 27-Mar-17 11:03:18

Saline spray and steam - that's about it for congestion when you are pg or breastfeeding confused

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 11:06:27

All I want is a ROASTING HOT bath but apparently that is also no go. 😞

Oysterbabe Mon 27-Mar-17 11:07:18

I've never bothered treating colds, nothing actually makes much difference.

notanothernamechangebabes Mon 27-Mar-17 11:08:35

Honey, ginger and lemon steeped in hot water.

And laid in bed eating frozen yogurt and crying.

Man it was rubbish!!

flowers sympathy!

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 11:09:39

Oh I find cold n flu stuff at least takes the edge off, and nasal sprays for my sinuses. It's just knowing what is and isn't pregnancy safe!

blue2014 Mon 27-Mar-17 11:15:46

Superdrug do an own brand lemsip that has no decongestants in (that's the part you can't have in pregnancy although to be honest, I still had my cold when I went in to be induced and the midwives on the ward were fine with me having lemsip)

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 12:30:44

Thanks Blue, I'll definitely look into that! I'm really struggling with the bunged up feeling and the sneezing!

Lucinda15 Mon 27-Mar-17 14:32:25

I posted a thread yesterday asking similar question! I will try to find the link as were some good tips in there too.

The glycerine lemon and honey linctus from boots did help. Also, I found steaming with a teaspoon of vicks in a bowl of hot water really did wonders just before bed, especially accompanied with a paracetamol! Really helped clear the airways and helped me breathe more comfortably and get a few hours sleep.

Someone above has mentioned superdrug do a paracetamol lemon drink without decongestant, but I was also told morrisons do them as well. I haven't managed to get to either store, but thought i'd share so you can go to whichever is closest to you!

It really is awful, I've had the worst weekend laid up in bed with it (ive had a particularly ghastly cough too which has been so painful!) and yes, there have been a few tears!! hope you're on the mend soon xx

Lucinda15 Mon 27-Mar-17 14:34:50

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 15:13:54

Thank you Lucinda, I wouldn't wish this on anyone! It's horrible

blue2014 Mon 27-Mar-17 21:06:12

It might also depend how far along you are. I posted when I was about 37 weeks and someone mentioned that it might not be cold but a pregnancy side effect. I wasn't convinced. The 'cold' continued until I went into labour and gave birth 3 weeks later. It literally stopped within 30 mins of having DS.

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 22:29:20

I'm 5 weeks tomorrow xx

kel1493 Mon 27-Mar-17 22:31:50

I didn't have anything, even paracetamol. Sleep, cuddles and wishing it to be finished was it

Caterina99 Tue 28-Mar-17 00:36:38

Sympathy from me. Had a horrible cold when I was 9 weeks. Paracetamol and lots of hot drinks and trying to rest was all I did. Was horrible.

Pretty sure there's no reason you can't have a nice hot bath though.

OnNaturesCourse Tue 28-Mar-17 10:48:43

Thank. Problem is I can't sleep. Can't lie down without a coughing fit and not being able to breath, I've tried propping myself up but just can't fall into a deep sleep that way. I'm exhausted so I feel 100x worse than I should. Might try for a nap on the sofa later... Hopefully!!

Lemondrop09 Tue 28-Mar-17 10:54:02

Caterina, it best to avoid significantly raising your core temperature, particularly in early pregnancy. As such, very hot baths are not recommended. A reasonably warm bath would be ok though.

SuziePink Tue 28-Mar-17 15:25:00

If you can stand it then a saline nasal rinse will clear a lot of stuff out your sinuses and isn't medicated at all so you don't have to worry about whether it will affect the baby. Doing it morning and evening will help a lot. Don't try with just water though... if you're going to do it yourself (rather than buying the stuff from Boots which has always seemed a bit expensive to me) then use warm water and about 1g of salt per 100ml of water, so about a teaspoon per pint.

I find it makes me feel better and helps me sleep but some people baulk at the idea!

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