Colds & Flu during Pregnancy
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This is my second pregnancy, and I'm finding myself catching a
lot more colds and coughs than I did the first time around. In
part, perhaps, because I have a preschooler. It's getting
frustrating. I don't exactly catch colds all the time, but when
I do they seem to develop into bad bronchitis. Last time I
ended up with pleuritis (inflammation of the lungs) from
coughing so hard. And then I got a yeast infection from the
stupid antibiotics, even though i'd been devouring probiotic
yogurt, and later a UTI. I know your immune system is somewhat
lowered during pregnancy, but this is ridiculous. It's
depressing me, because I can feel another bronchitis bout
coming on again.
Is there anything safe -- homeopathic, for instance -- that I
can take to boost my immune system? Should I visit a Chinese
medicine practitioner? I'm open to trying something new.
I'm eating pretty well and I take a prenatal vitamin. I try to
do some exercise and get enough rest -- though our daughter is
on a nap strike, which doesn't help. But I'm just so tired of
feeling run down and catching these nasty coughs. Any other
ideas? Thanks so much.
Sick of being sick mom-to-be
Wash your hands constantly. And I mean constantly. You need to
avoid the germs that are getting you sick in the first place.
Carry a bottle of hand lotion with you and a packet of those
little antiseptic wipes for your hands.
I hear ya, sister! I'm pregnant and spent most of March with a cold and then a
infection. I think this has been a particularly bad year for viruses. I also
have a toddler
in day care who brings home germies. But, he hasn't been too sick. I've gotten
'em all. I
recommend lots and lots of hand washing, lots and lots of vitamin C, lots and
water, and beyond that, hopes and prayers. I did get better recently only to
bombarded with allergies. It's fun being pregnant, sometimes, ain't it? Good
I, too, am on my second pregnancy, and this winter I had 8
colds, with less than a week recovery between them. It was
brutal (especially alongside a sick toddler), and I can't
imagine bronchial complications on top of them! My doctor told
me to supplement with an extra 500 mgs of vitamin C, which I
started doing and have been well (knock wood) since March.
Also, if you don't do this, you could start flushing your nasal
passages with saline solution. I think you can buy spray, but
you can also use a neti pot. It's not a repulsive as it sounds
and it keeps things pretty well cleaned out. I do it if I'm
ever around anyone who sniffles, and if I still get sick, it
helps keep me decongested without drugs.
Feel better soon!
It sounds like you might actually have a mild form of asthma.
I've always had that lingering, hacking cough after every cold
(since childhood), but was only recently diagnosed and treated
for virally-induced asthma. Basically, some people's airways
respond to a respiratory infection by getting super reactive,
leading to spasms and nasty coughs. Often, this is misdiagnosed
as bronchitis. So, it might be worth checking out that route.
Accupuncture and homeopathy haven't helped me much so far.
Instead, every time I get a cold I start inhaled corticosteroids
for asthma (Pulmicort is officially ok for pregnancy), and most
of all, religiously irrigate my sinuses with a neti pot to keep
the gunk out of my lungs.
also coughing up a lung
You can make a tea consisting of garlic, lemon, and honey.
Bring the garlic and lemon to a hard boil and use the honey to
sweeten. You can use the garlic sparingly, or drink just the
lemons. Also, try giving your preschooler Airborne and multi
When I was sick with a bad cold in my second pregnancy, my
midwife recommended a little old chinese herb store called
Draline Tong Herbs. Most of the folks who work there speak
only chinese, so ask for Henry. Henry will do a brief
consultation (check your pulse, color of tongue, ask a few
questions) and custom blend some herbs for your ailments. He
is great and I would go to him again. The contact info are as
follows: Draline Tong Herbs, ask for Henry, 1002 Webster St,
Please also take great care to include clean and nutrient-dense
foods and reduce as much processed foods as possible.
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