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Anything I can do to boost my immune system?

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designerbaby Fri 21-Aug-09 10:51:13

I'm taking the usual pregnancy vits an eating healthier than I've ever done in my life. This is my second.

So far, and I'm only 12 weeks or so, I've had 3 colds, bronchitis, tonsillitis and a stomach bug. I feel like absolute crap (and yes, I know some of that is first trimester tiredness but all these bugs are not helping).

I have a very lively little girl of 21 months, who takes quite a lot of running around after, a fairly full-on (allbeit part-time) job (the three days I am in work are fairly mental), general housework to do and we're in the process of a house move.

All these illnesses are becoming quite debilitating, are getting me down, and frankly I just don't have the time for them!

Is there anything I can do which will work wonders?

I'm sick and tired or being sick and tired, as the saying goes....

Ta in advance


dal21 Fri 21-Aug-09 12:19:28

hey db - have they been giving you antibiotics to combat all of these things?

i take a live probiotic every morning- used to take them and then stopped. but started again when i got a uti and was given antib's.

not sure it boosts your immune system so much, but does replace the good bacteria in your gut - i have seen a huge improvement in my digestion and am feeling heaps better since taking them.

there is also some anecdotal evidence that points towards it being good for the bub.

feel better - hth. sorry i have no miracle worker.

designerbaby Fri 21-Aug-09 12:32:24

I had antibiotics for the bronchitis - but they didn't make much difference, TBH. I can't help but think they probably make the long-term situation worse, so am reluctant to take too many.

Probiotic a good idea though... I'll try anything/everything. The latest ad says something about 'natural defenses' so I guess it can't hurt. They're ok for the baby, you say?

Thanks... [sniff]


NeverEndingPileOfLaundry Fri 21-Aug-09 12:44:33

No real answers here either, but you are not alone!

I'm not pg (have a 2.6 year old and 3 month old) but spent the first 4.5 months of my last pg ill with something (flu / chest infection / stomach upset...), and I am now going through another bout of being ill with something (cold type viruses).

I am sure it comes about because your body is working hard building a baby and focuses on that rather than your immune system which does take a dive when you are pregnant, and now in my case because I am permanently sleep deprived. I don't ever seem to get a chance to rest which would probably help me get better more quickly. Is there anyone who could take your DD for an afternoon so you can have a nap?

It is so frustrating as I used to be really fit and well before kids, and never got ill. I used to take a fair bit of exercise, but that has slipped a bit post kids. I think it did help me remain well, but I am now stuck in a catch 22, of needing to take exercise to stay well, but then catching a bug and feeling too ill / tired to get out of the house.

Hope this helps a bit.

dal21 Fri 21-Aug-09 19:24:55


here are the ones i take.

biocare capsules

and here is the first article i found on it.

probiotics in pregnancy

please excuse the fact that it is from the daily mail, was the first one i found and i remember reading the same story in the times.

feel better

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