You’ve seen the numerous labels: “Do not use if pregnant or nursing.” But what if you’re struggling with a cold or flu during pregnancy and you desperately need some relief? Many cough syrups and medicines are considered unsafe during pregnancy. What’s a sniffling, coughing, sneezing, aching mother-in-waiting to do? We’ve compiled a list of some safe and natural remedies for those looking for relief from their symptoms. Good for mom, good for baby.
Propping your head up as you sleep is a surprisingly effective method when you’re dealing with sinus problems. By keeping your head propped up, you are allowing easier sinus drainage and decreasing a stuffy nose. If you’re taking any medicines or cough syrups before bed, this also aids the process of decongesting.
Feel Better Foods
Pre-natal nutrition is important anyway, but when you’re sick and pregnant it’s even more important. Getting Vitamin C through the foods you eat, and making sure you’re taking supplements that are supporting your immune system are vital during this time. Keep in mind that it’s still recommended to get chicken noodle soups and broths when you’re sick. These warm soups have a soothing effect, and are somewhat bland, which help during times of sickness. You’ll be satisfied and so will the baby.
Fever Relief: Mission Possible
Acetaminophen products (Tylenol) are actually safe for pregnant women in small doses. If you have a low grade fever and are dealing with the aches and pains, you can turn to certain products containing acetaminophen. If you have a fever above 102, you should see your doctor. If the fever is accompanied by other serious symptoms that last a few days, see your doctor immediately.
You CAN have Lozenges
Although it is best to stay away from menthol lozenges when you’re pregnant, it’s not bad for the baby if you indulged in a lemon or honey lozenge. If your sore throat or coughing is just too irritating, these are a safe go-to.
Lemon and Honey for the Money:
For centuries, people have used lemon and honey as effective, natural supplements. Many people love honey and lemon tea, and use it when there is any sign of throat irritation. Zarbees All-Natural Children’s Cough Syrup includes both of those ingredients, and is safe for pregnant women and children alike. Honey soothes, while lemon also gives you a boost with Vitamin C. Together they are a winning combination.
Humid air is actually quite helpful during times of sickness. If you find yourself dealing with congestion and breathing problems at night, a humidifier can help keep things moist, and clear out your air passageways as you sleep.
Zarbee’s is the fastest-growing children’s cough and cold brand in the country. Developed by Dr. Zak Zarbock, one of the country’s top pediatricians, and recommended by pediatricians nationwide, Zarbee’s products are all-natural, drug-free and made from antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey, which clinical trials have shown to be the safest and most effective treatment for relieving coughs in children. Zarbee’s products do not include Dextromethorphan (DM), the most common over-the-counter treatment for coughs. A controversial ingredient not supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, DM has been banned for children ages four and younger and is being scrutinized by the FDA as ineffective and potentially dangerous for children. Zarbee’s products are also gluten free, contain no drugs, alcohol or dyes, have no side effects and carry no risk of overdose. Zarbee’s products are available at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Albertsons and Meijer stores nationwide. Zarbee’s Original Cough Syrup sells for a suggested retail price of $7.99 for a four-fluid-ounce bottle. Zarbee’s Nighttime Cough and Sleep Drink, which comes in a powder form that mixes with soothing warm water, sells for a suggested retail price of $8.99 for six doses.