Pregnancy can affect your immune system, according to the American Pregnancy Association. These changes may make it easier to come down with a cold or a cough during your pregnancy. The illness may last longer as well. Fortunately, the symptoms of a cold or flu are usually not dangerous to your baby. But you should still try to avoid catching a cold or a cough while pregnant and treat it if you get one.
The APA’s prevention suggestions include:
- Wash your hands often.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get enough sleep.
- Take your prenatal vitamins.
- Get enough rest.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Try natural remedies like a humidifier or gargling with warm salt water.
- Talk to your doctor before taking any medications.
For more detailed tips, go to the APA web site.