Colds and Pregnancy in Southern New England
It is safe to use a salt water throat gargle and a saline nose spray. Vapor rubs and cough lozenges are both safe. For fever and pain, use only regular or extra strength Tylenol. Do not use aspirin, Motrin or ibuprofen. These can cause problems with the baby. Getting proper rest and drinking lots of fluids are always recommended to fight a cold, whether pregnant or not. In addition, it is a good idea to:
- Eat a well-balanced diet, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to give you the right amounts of vitamins and minerals, carbohydrate, protein and fat.
- Try steam inhalation for a cold with a stuffy nose. With a towel over your head, lean over a bowl of hot water with two or three drops of eucalyptus oil added and inhale to help clear the congestion.
- Prepare a soothing drink of hot water, h2y and lemon to help ease a sore throat.