Treating a Cold During Pregnancy

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Treating a cold during pregnancy can be done by taking Tylenol or aspirin, using throat lozenges, gargling with warm water, using a saline nasal flush, getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids. Treat the symptoms of a cold while pregnant with helpful information from a certified nurse-midwife in this free video on pregnancy.

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So you have a cold and you're pregnant. This is Mavis Schorn, professor and nurse midwife at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and I'll give you a few suggestions. Having a cold in pregnancy is just not much fun. You already have some changes in pregnancy that make a cold even harder to deal with. It's just swollen mucus membranes you already had just from being pregnant. So it sort of aggravates it so it's even a little bit more difficult to deal with. But there are things that you can do. Remember that Tylenol is one medication that you can take in pregnant that you're going to take aspirin and you're not going to take Motrin or ibuprofen. There are a lot of comfort things, so it's a really a cold we know you can't make it go away, you're just going to treat the symptoms right. So you're going to do things like you can gargle with some warm water, you can use throat lozenges even those cough drops to suck on are OK. You can use a saline nasal flush, it's called a neti pot. Get lots of rest and fluids and give it time and it will go away. Antihistamines can be taken in pregnancy prefer really would prefer not to recommend those in the first trimester until a little bit later. If you feel like you really need an antihistamine because you just cannot sleep or you cannot function at work or in your daily activities, talk to your health care provider about which one to use. If you have a cough that just doesn't go away or it's progressively worse, if your drainage, your nasal drainage or you're starting to cough up stuff that's yellow or green or if you start running a high fever, those are also things that you might need to talk to your health care provider about.

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