Here are the best ways to cope with cold and flu during pregnancy

The changing weather means we have been going from flip flops to winter boots and everything in between. And while it is more of a nuisance than anything else for most, if you are pregnant you are bound to catch something as your immune system is already a little low. 

Thankfully, there there are few things you can do to help you feel better without the need for medication. 

Get plenty of rest

Give your body a chance to recover with plenty of rest. Bear in mind you are pretty contagious so avoid going to work or schools, if possible!

Up your fluid intake

It is so important you drink plenty of fluids: clear soup, water and juices are ideal for when you aren’t feeling the best.

Steam up the room

Steam is really good at opening up your airways and is safe to do whilst pregnancy. You can either hold your head over a bowl of hot, steaming water or sit in the bathroom with the hot tap running (although this is not good for the environment!).

Reduce your temperature

Cold flannels on your forehead and a cool shower will help lower your temperature.

Warm up the chills

A hot water bottle is a great way to get rid of the chills and feel a little better. Place it behind your back or on your legs to warm up – remember to keep it covered and never put it directly onto your skin.

Things to avoid:

While perfect for treating cold and flu symptoms normally, there are a few things you should avoid when pregnant:

Honey

Honey works as a cough reliever but there is a risk that it might be contaminated with botulism which is harmful to an unborn baby or child under the age of one.

Aspirin or ibuprofen

Medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen aren’t recommended during pregnancy; both aspirin and ibuprofen can cause high blood pressure in baby’s lungs and prolong labour. Aspirin also interferes with the blood’s clotting ability and can contribute to maternal and foetal bleeding. 

Always talk to your doctor or midwife before taking any medications during pregnancy. 

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