Home Remedies of Cough During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the immune system of pregnant woman changes to protect the growing and developing fetus and as a result may make pregnant woman susceptible to cold, flu and cough.

During pregnancy, if you get cough and/or cold, the following steps can be helpful to prevent as well as manage cough and cold. It is also important to remember that you cannot prevent ever flu or cold virus and it is therefore important to improve your immune system.

  • Eat balanced diet. Eating balanced diet is not only for pregnant women, but also for all individuals of all ages. Provide your diet with adequate protein (fish, meat, pulses, grains etc. contain high protein content), carbohydrates (cereals, grains contain high carbohydrate), fats (fish, edible oil used for cooking, nuts contain good quality fats), fiber (fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain high fiber), vitamins and minerals to make your diet a balanced one.
  • Consume plenty of water/liquid in the form of water, herbal tea and fruit juice, but avoid carbonated and alcoholic beverages. Restrict caffeinated drinks also. Lots of fluid/water helps to flush your system of harmful substances.
  • Take adequate rest and keep your anxiety/emotion under control.
  • If you smoke, it is of vital importance to quit smoking immediately during pregnancy. Smoking harms your health as well as that of the baby (low birth weight, intrauterine growth retardation, malformation of various organs etc.). Smoking lowers immunity and makes you susceptible to cough, cold and flu.
  • Exercise regularly during pregnancy. A pregnant woman cannot do all exercises. Consult a fitness expert to know what types of exercise you should do during pregnancy. Exercise helps to improve circulation, essential for improving immune system.

Some home remedies for various symptoms of cough and cold during pregnancy:

  • For stuffy nose, a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a bowl of hot water and lean over the bowel (with a towel over your head) to inhale the water vapor, which will help to remove congestion and stuffy nose. Alternately, you can put a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a tissue and sniff the tissue for immediate relief of nasal congestion.
  • For cough or sore throat, you can take honey mixed with lemon juice in hot water. You can also try honey with glycerine for cough.
  • For fever, take plenty of water/liquid and take paracetamol, which is available over-the-counter. However, read carefully about the dosage instructions for paracetamol, before taking it. Alternately, try using cold sponging (wipe your body with soft cotton cloth or sponge with cold water) to reduce body temperature.

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