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Old 05-20-07, 01:28 PM
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My wife is around 13 weeks in her pregnancy and this last week she developed a cold. She can not seem to shake this bug. She has been coughing, exhausted and stuffed up. Is there anything that may help her get over this except rest and eating healthy? We have also heard that she is not able to use antibiotics. Is this true?

I did find the following nonmedical treatments:
  • Drink plenty of fluids, as this will help to thin secretions. Water, chicken soup, juices, and warm tea are good sources.
  • Use a humidifier. Place it close to your face when you sleep. During the day, you can make a tent out of a sheet draped over your head. Stay under the tent for 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
  • Rub a mentholated product (like Vicks Vaporub) on your chest according to package instructions.
  • For nasal stuffiness, use saline drops. You can buy these at drugstores or prepare a solution at home. Just dissolve 1/4 teaspoon salt in 8ounces of water. Place a few drops in each nostril, wait 5 to 10 minutes, and then gently blow your nose.
  • To make breathing easier, sleep in a recliner or prop up your head with lots of pillows so that you are in a semi-upright position.
  • Take a warm shower. This can help clear nasal stuffiness and mucus.
  • Get plenty of rest.

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Old 05-20-07, 01:47 PM
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It is not true that a woman cannot take antibiotics during pregnancy. There are some (like Tetracycline) that are not safe, but the majority are ok and docs know how to prescribe them when needed. Antibiotics are not required for a cold anyway, since a cold is a virus and they are not killed by antibiotics.
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Old 05-20-07, 07:45 PM
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great advice from domesticgoddess

and great job with the homeopathic remedies -- I'd not worry about the cold thoguh - they do make us miserable, but they eventually go away... if it lasts too long, talk to your OB and/or PCP and they'll direct you properly.

Hope she feels better soon!

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Old 05-20-07, 07:57 PM
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i know when i was pg with my 2nd i used afrin b/c i had a bad cold and was real stuffy , it worked ok and it was safe, but of course ask your dr first. & antibiotics are safe for the most part and dr's know which ones are and aren't - good luck hope she gets some relief
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Old 05-20-07, 11:07 PM
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I would definitely suggest using a humidifier- especially during the night while sleeping! I have used one for years to help when I'm sick with a cold and need some comfort during the night! Good luck- I hope your wife starts to feel better soon!
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