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Getting A Cold Whilst Pregnant

(14 Posts)
meltingmarshmallows Sat 21-Oct-17 21:42:37

This is actual torture.

The things I would do for a decongestant!

I’ve been up all night, sneezing and coughing all day. With PGP and general third trimester fun I’m feeling well and truly miserable.

To top it off, when I do a particularly big sneeze I wet myself a bit. LOVELY!

I can’t be the only one, as I know this stinking cold is seemingly going around the UK at the moment.

I’ve had lemon in hot water, vapour rub, naice tissues, lots of water ... It’s just not doing anything. Just longing for a few hours uninterrupted by sneezing and coughing and phlegm ... Preferably at night!

meltingmarshmallows Sat 21-Oct-17 21:45:49

Also sorry for yet another moaning post on this board. One of these days I’m going to start a pregnancy symptom appreciation post wink

AutumnLeavesandCandleLights Sat 21-Oct-17 23:08:33

I'm in exactly the same boat as you right now! Being pregnant and ill is hands down the worst combo ever. It's so horrible isn't it.

Unfortunately I've given my cough and cold to my 10 month old baby so I'm having to deal with him being up ALL night long too whilst my pregnant butt just wants to die in bed sad

MarmaladeAtkinsX Sat 21-Oct-17 23:26:51

Melting, I'm so sorry your cold is making you feel wretched. I used to sip a shot of Jameson's if I had a chest cold when pregnant. It seemed to loosen the phlegm up (sorry) and I'd get a good night's sleep. Hope you're feeling better soon flowers

pastabest Sat 21-Oct-17 23:31:33

Hot shower and carefully fling some olbas oil about in the steam

It will knock your socks off but hopefully decongest you too.

Then paracetamol a small drink of water and to bed with a few more drops of olbas oil on your pillow.

Send the nearest capable adult to the nearest 24 hour supermarket if you don't have olbas oil in.

DeadDoorpost Sat 21-Oct-17 23:33:29

Juat got over my 3rd cold since being pregnant. First one lasted 6 weeks and I was throwing up heavily so that was fun hmm second and third just made me incredibly tired despite the fact the third was during 3rd trimester anyway so totally exhausted already. Hoping I don't get a fourth in the next 4 weeks...

DeadDoorpost Sat 21-Oct-17 23:36:20

Totally agree with pasta. Olbas oil is a godsend it really is. I used it in a bath though. Loads of it just to try and help. And then deepheat on my back afterwards to help ease the tension in my back from all the coughing and stuff. My back has always been tense but this was another level. DH has never known anything like it and he and his brothers are heavily into sports etc so have seen how tight and tense muscles can be.

ducksauce Sat 21-Oct-17 23:40:11

I know it sounds silly but calpol plug ins are amazing for keeping you breathing overnight! Only discovered them when DS had a cold as he is only little, but I do put one in my room if I get congested!

meltingmarshmallows Sun 22-Oct-17 18:34:25

Thanks for all the tips everyone & sorry to hear you are suffering too!

Olbas oil is really helping but I’m just so hoping it eases up tomorrow as I’m absolutely exhausted sad

Hawkmoth Sun 22-Oct-17 18:35:44

Sterimar. It's amazing stuff.

meltingmarshmallows Sun 22-Oct-17 20:19:15

@Hawkmoth I’ve just got some and it’s worked within 10 minutes. Thank you!!!

Can’t recommend a nasal spray enough to anyone reading I may actually sleep for more than an hour tonight!

Lozmatoz Sun 22-Oct-17 20:45:43

Prop yourself up at night so you can breathe more easily. Steam inhalation. Paracetamol. And do some pelvic floor exercises! 3 times a day.

Hawkmoth Sun 22-Oct-17 20:53:33

I think I got a bit addicted to mine! Glad it helped smile

Lilacpenny1 Sun 22-Oct-17 21:39:11

Not sure if Olbas oil is safe to use in pregnancy. Have a Google and decide for yourself. I just found this comment on an old mumsnet thread:

Don't know about pregnancy but normal Olbus is definitely unsuitable for babies, so you might want to take a cue from that. Something to do with the menthol oils can damage wee one's livers. Hence they do a kids version that is safe from about three months or so I think. You might want to try the kids version if in doubt

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