Being pregnant not only means making room for a growing babe – it also means giving up some of your immune protection for your little one. Consequently, you’ll be more susceptible to germs — so coughs and colds could be par for the course throughout your pregnancy.
“If you’ve got a cough during pregnancy, it’s your body’s way of saying slow down and rest so take as much time out as you can,” advises midwife, Karina Dyer (Karina Dyer does not endorse Infacol or any other medicines).
Viral infections tend to be the common culprit behind coughs and have a relatively short duration – around two weeks. Anything that persists for longer should be seen to by your doctor.
To alleviate the aches and pains that accompany the sickness, take paracetamol. If you feel that this isn’t enough, go and see your local pharmacist or GP; they will best advise you on the most appropriate medications.
As always, read the label of any medication carefully – some are specifically contraindicated during the first trimester.
Midwife Karina’s shares her top remedies for treating coughs:
- Tank up on plenty of water, and also orange juice, for a vitamin C boost.
- Your appetite may be dire, but don’t skimp on nutrition; up your intake of fruit and vegetables, and wholegrains for sustained energy.
- Rest whenever you can.
Additionally, this natural hot toddy recipe can help soothe sore throats and boost your immune system.
If you can check any of the following, make an appointment with your medical professional:
- A cough persisting longer than 2 weeks
- Bringing up fluid when you cough
- A temperature that doesn’t lower after administering paracetamol
- Coughing up green mucus, difficulty breathing and generally malaise
These symptoms could mean a chest infection; your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the illness.