Bad Cold During Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 31, 2012

Health conditions during pregnancy may change often because of the ever-changing hormones in your body. A normal common cold may seem nagging while you are pregnant. It is true that when you catch a cold, you feel awful for some weeks. While you are pregnant, you are susceptible to such mild infections as your body's immunity is quite low because of the various changes that it undergoes. However, no matter how bad a condition may seem, avoid self-medicating or taking pills out of impulse. When you are suffering from severe cold during pregnancy, it can lead to nasal blockage, hammering headaches, bad earaches,...

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...inflamed throat and also body aches in some cases. In such a scenario, resort to simple methods like gargling with warm salt water or opting for steam inhalation in order to relieve the cold. You can also keep sipping warm water or some hot soup at regular intervals to soothe your throat. It is also important to take plenty of rest in order to relieve your body from the pain and the tired feeling that can result from a bad cold. Your body tends to fight infections better when it gets ample rest and care.

Eat a balanced food in such health conditions during pregnancy. As the saying goes, feed the cold and starve the fever. Make sure that you eat a nutritious and balanced diet to alleviate symptoms. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Consume small and frequent meals, but make sure you eat healthy. Opt for whole grain bread or fresh salads and juices to provide your body with the essential nutrients to fight the infection.

Make sure that you are well hydrated in order to fight the infection. Include lot of fluids like soups and fresh juices, and drink fresh water to calm a sore throat. However, avoid drinking carbonated drinks, coffee and such as they may further worsen the condition.

If you are having trouble sleeping because of a blocked nose, then try elevating your head a little by using an extra pillow. This incline will help you in breathing. Also, stay away from smoke and avoid alcohol as these can not only aggravate your condition during pregnancy but will also affect your baby.

Lastly, refrain from using over-the-counter medications and self-medicating. If you find that you cannot bear the cold and its symptoms, seek the advice of your doctor.

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