Treat your cold safely while pregnant

It’s now cold season, and everyone is likely to get a bout of the sniffles at least once during the winter. If you are pregnant, however, you need to treat your cold carefully.

It’s a good idea to reduce the number of over-the-counter medications you take when you are pregnant, the American Pregnancy Association advises. Many medications used to treat cold symptoms are not safe to take during your pregnancy. The APA says the following medications pose little risk to your baby during pregnancy; however, always consult with your doctor before taking any medications to relieve your symptoms:

  • Acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) can be used to alleviate fevers, headaches, and body aches.
  • Anesthetic sore throat lozenges can ease the pain in your throat.
  • Codeine and dextromethorphan can often be used as cough suppressants.

In addition, you can try natural remedies for some symptoms:

  • To reduce congestion, place a humidifier in your room, keep your head elevated on your pillow while resting or use nasal strips.

• To soothe a sore throat, suck on ice chips, drink warm tea or gargle with warm salt water.

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