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Cope with a cold the savvy way

Re­lieve

Be­ing preg­nant doesn’t mean you can’t treat symp­toms that cause you pain – you just need to switch up your medicine cabi­net and use the low­est ef­fec­tive dose for the short­est pos­si­ble time. The NHS ad­vises you avoid ibupro­fen and make parac­eta­mol your first choice for pain re­lief.

Soothe

Throat feel like you’re swal­low­ing glass? Sim­ple glyc­er­ine cough syrups are usu­ally safe to take dur­ing preg­nancy, but a hot drink made with manuka honey, known for its an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties, is just as ef­fec­tive. Add a spoon­ful of honey to hot wa­ter, along with a squeeze of lemon. ManukaPharm Manuka Honey, £12.99, hol­lan­dand­bar­rett.com

Re­lax

In a 40-week pe­riod, con­tract­ing a cold is pretty likely for any­one. But when you’ve got a tummy ten­ant, you’re more sus­cep­ti­ble to the snif­fles as your im­mune sys­tem ceases to fire on all cylin­ders. And this is be­cause your body is us­ing en­ergy to feed and grow your lit­tle one, and be­cause it needs to lower its de­fenses to make sure the fe­tus isn’t re­jected. The best thing you can do is to slow your pace, re­lax, and con­serve as much en­ergy as pos­si­ble. And, don’t worry: even if you’re not feel­ing on top form, your baby won’t be af­fected by a com­mon cold.

Check

A sore throat, runny nose, and an ir­ri­tat­ing cough are all com­mon­place dur­ing a cold. But flu, which has more se­ri­ous symp­toms, can be harm­ful for your preg­nancy and baby. If you’ve all of a sud­den come down with a fever, headache, hot and cold flashes, or feel like you’ve gone a few rounds with Tyson, see your doc­tor ASAP. To pro­tect against flu, vac­ci­na­tions are free for all mums-tobe.

Clear

All-in-one cold cap­sules and drink sa­chets are a no-go when you’re preg­nant with a stuffy nose. That’s be­cause the in­gre­di­ent that re­lieves a blocked nose, phenyle­phrine, works by caus­ing the blood ves­sels to nar­row, so re­duc­ing swelling of the nasal mem­branes and mu­cus pro­duc­tion. But it can also re­strict blood sup­ply to your pla­centa. In­stead, opt for old-fash­ioned steam in­hala­tion. Adding a few drops of eu­ca­lyp­tus oil will make it more ef­fec­tive.

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