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Ways To Beat Cold & Cough During Pregnancy

By: Sneha A

The immunity system in a pregnant woman does not function as actively as it does in normal circumstances so as to keep the foetus safe from being harmed, as technically it a foreign thing to the mother’s physical body.

However, the bad part of this reduced immunity is that the mother is more vulnerable to suffer from sicknesses than normal; and one of the most common problems that expecting moms suffer from during pregnancy is the common cold.

Sore throat, sneezing, stuffy and blocked nose is so much of an uncomfortable experience and to add to this, not every medication can be taken during pregnancy.

There are more than 200 different types of viruses that are found to be responsible for causing this type of cold in humans, making it so common for all of us.

This makes it extremely vital for pregnant women to know the ways to beat cold and cough while pregnant, without depending on the regular medicines that the ladies otherwise take to deal with the ailment.

Just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to suffer with this, that is common cold, throughout.

As the regular medication for cold is often out of the limits for a pregnant woman, these following tips will help you in understanding simple ways of how you can beat cold and cough when you're pregnant.

Keep the following points in mind and make the common cold not so common for you.


Keep Yourself Hydrated:

Keeping yourself well hydrated is a solution to a number of problems; and so it also implies to the condition when you are suffering from cold. Try to drink at least 10 glasses of water when you are pregnant and when suffering from cold. If you can take it up to 12, it would be great.


Inhale Steam To Get Rid Of Stuffy Nose:

A blocked nose is a real nuisance and is a cause of great discomfort; hence, to deal with this, you can opt for inhaling steam and vapour rub, which is suitable during pregnancy.


Gargle Salt Water To Treat Itchy Throat:

With cold comes a sore throat, which again causes a lot of irritation. You can opt for natural remedies like gargling with warm salted water, honey, ginger, lemon, etc.


Go Green & Eat Veggies, Fruits:

Eating well, nutrient-rich food is also very essential during pregnancy for the well-being of both the mother and child. Fresh vegetables and fruits are extremely rich in antioxidants, which make sure that the cells remain healthy and strong, and thus help pregnant women in fighting off the infections.


Take Ample Rest:

Keeping yourself well rested is the key to getting rid of the cold and cough as soon as possible. While you rest, the body gets the optimum chance to absolutely focus on fighting off the virus, thus helping you to get better quickly.


Maintain A Proper Hygiene:

If you do not take care of maintaining a proper hygiene around you, then there is a greater chance of you catching the cold and cough virus. It has been found that this virus spreads mostly from air. Hence, keep yourself away from people who are already suffering from this condition and make sure to maintain proper cleanliness around you.

Ensure that your wash your hands properly before eating anything. Just keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure.


Keep Yourself Warm When It's Cold Outside:

Make sure you cover yourself well during the monsoon season and also avoid going out much to keep pollution and dust at bay. You can cover your feet with a pair of socks to protect them from all the microorganisms that can cause infections.

Read more about: pregnancy, pre natal, cold, cough
Story first published: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 21:32 [IST]
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