Cold during pregnancy – that helps!

A cold during pregnancy is uncomfortable and puts a strain on an expectant mother’s already heavily stressed immune system. But many pregnant women are unsure which medicines or home remedies they can take without harming the baby. We explain which remedies are allowed and give tips on how to treat a cold during pregnancy.

medication during pregnancy

Pregnant women should generally take as few medications as possible, since all active ingredients are transferred to the baby via the placenta – this also applies to herbal remedies. If you still want to treat your cold symptoms with medication, you should always discuss this with a doctor beforehand. The same applies to permitted medication: Always take the smallest possible dose for the shortest possible time.

Note that not every over-the-counter cold medicine is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The best thing to do is to ask the pharmacy for advice on which products are suitable.

Tips for catching a cold during pregnancy

Even if you should avoid taking medication during pregnancy if possible, you don’t have to be idly defeated when you have a cold. A few simple home remedies can help alleviate the symptoms. But be careful: Not all home remedies are suitable for use during pregnancy.

The different symptoms of a cold can be treated in different ways.

Cold and pregnant – what to do?

If you have a blocked nose, rinsing or  inhaling  with salt water can help to reduce the swelling of the nasal mucous membranes. However, the use of decongestant nasal sprays during pregnancy should be discussed with a doctor or your midwife. Sea salt nasal sprays are usually considered harmless. If your nose is blocked because of a cold, you can raise your head at night to make it easier for you to breathe.

cough in pregnancy

For coughs, pregnant women can safely use Iceland moss and, after consulting a doctor, buckhorn. Drink a lot to relieve the cough. Gargling with sage tea or warm salt water can also relieve your symptoms. But be careful not to swallow too much of the sage tea, because it should only be drunk in moderation during pregnancy.

A good substitute for cough syrup, which is also suitable for pregnant women, is onion syrup. This is also easy to make yourself. Simply   leave a chopped onion and honey overnight and strain through a cloth the next day. You can take a teaspoon of the onion syrup several times a day.

Sore throat tips for pregnant women

Potato wraps are an old tip against  a sore throat that pregnant women can also use safely: Simply mash the still hot, boiled potatoes and wrap them in a cloth around your neck. Quark wraps are also a popular home remedy for a sore throat. Also, drink hot water with honey and  lemon , it also relieves the sore throat.

What helps against earache?

If you suffer from earache during pregnancy  , an onion bag will help. For this purpose, a chopped onion without fat is briefly heated in a pan, then stuffed into a washcloth and then placed on the ear. You can use a hat or a scarf wrapped around your head to ensure that the bag stays in place.

headache in pregnancy

Common headache pills are not suitable for pregnant women. A damp, cold cloth on the forehead or a forehead wrap with a cloth soaked in lemon juice often helps against the pain. Wrap a towel around it and remove the forehead wrap after half an hour.

In the case of severe pain, pregnant women may exceptionally  use paracetamol  . However, the painkiller should only be taken after consulting a doctor.

Pregnant women can do this against fever

If your cold is accompanied by a fever, paracetamol can also help – but to be on the safe side, only take the drug if your doctor has given your prior consent. Cool calf wraps are considered a natural antipyretic that is ideal for pregnant women. Also, make sure you get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of fluids.

These home remedies are taboo for pregnant women

Not all home remedies for colds are also allowed for pregnant women. For example, you should not overdo it with a hot cold bath or a sweat cure. Especially in the last trimester of pregnancy, overheating could put too much strain on the circulatory system and trigger premature labor.

Certain essential oils, which are also used in homeopathy, among other things, can trigger menstruation or promote contractions and, in the worst case, cause premature birth or  miscarriage  . Caution should be exercised with the following medicinal plants, among others:

  • sage
  • licorice root
  • Ginseng
  • Rosemary
  • Thymian
  • peppermint

The week of pregnancy is also crucial, since some drugs only pose a risk at the beginning of pregnancy, while others can be harmful, especially in the third trimester. It is best to find out from your gynecologist or an alternative practitioner which cold teas, lozenges and homeopathic remedies are safe for you.

What else helps pregnant women with a cold?

In principle, pregnant women should  treat themselves to warmth and rest when they have a cold  and take it easy for a few days so as not to spread the infection.

Sweating lightly, sleeping a lot, eating a diet rich in vitamins and drinking a lot are the order of the day. Warm drinks such as tea  (e.g. chamomile tea), broth and hot lemon  are particularly suitable  , but water and juices are also suitable . Milk  stimulates the formation of mucus and is therefore not suitable for a cold. Make sure you   ‘re getting plenty of vitamin Czinc , and selenium (found in citrus fruits and cashews, for example) to boost your immune system.

Even if you have a cold during pregnancy,  fresh air  is healthy! Ventilate regularly and place a bowl of water on the heater to keep the air in the room humid. Because viruses have an easier game on dried out mucous membranes. If the cold slowly subsides, pregnant women can strengthen their immune system by taking short walks. Sport is too exhausting during a cold and therefore taboo!

What to do with flu and infections?

For the treatment of infectious diseases that require the use of antibiotics, there are special  antibiotics that are approved for pregnant women and have no side effects.

In the case of  flu  during pregnancy, however, treatment is much more difficult: Since many flu drugs are not suitable for pregnant women, they are only administered in exceptional cases. That’s why you should get vaccinated in good time before the start of the flu season – this can also be done safely during pregnancy.

Breastfeeding with a cold – what can you take?

Some drugs are better tolerated during breastfeeding than during pregnancy, while others are worse. Find out from a doctor or alternative practitioner which means you can use without hesitation. For example, fennel and a cold bath without essential oils are permitted during breastfeeding, while sage tea inhibits the flow of milk.

Basically, you should refrain from taking medication for your cold during breastfeeding as well as during pregnancy and prefer to use home remedies.

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