How to deal with coughs and colds while pregnant

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.

Treatments include:

  • 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.

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