During pregnancy, it is possible that you catch a cold or flu and at times, it may feel that the cold seems to last longer and you wonder which over-the-counter medication is safe. Firstly, it is important to recognize the differences between a cold and a flu, as the latter is more severe and require immediate doctor’s attention rather than self-medication. There are also some natural remedies that you can try, but you have to be aware of when a visit to the doctor is necessary as symptoms get more severe.
Cold and Flu Symptoms
If your only symptom is nasal stuffiness, it may be sinus congestion due to increase in hormone estrogen and blood flow. For this, you can try to reduce swelling of the nasal passage by increasing the room humidity or using nasal strips. Cold is milder than flu, with symptoms such as running nose and mild fever. It may last longer during pregnancy due to suppressed immune system. However, if you have high fever, severe sore throat, cough, headache and muscle soreness and the symptoms are sudden and severe, it is more likely that you have flu. It is better to see a doctor if you have the flu to obtain safe medications to recover faster.
6 Natural Remedies for Cold
If you have cold, you can try the following home remedies:
#1 Drink more water
Drinking water can help to replace fluids lost during fever and help clear the nasal secretions that may have thickened. If you do not feel like drinking so much water, you can include broth, juices and frozen ice pops as part of your fluid intake.
#2 Have more rest
Increase your rest periods, especially when your body needs to recover and increase immunity to fight the cold.
#3 Relieve the nasal congestion
You can try using a humidifier, elevating your head for better breathing and using nasal drips. You can also use nasal saline wash and spray. A vaporizer or warm compress across your cheekbones can also provide some relief.