Quick answers to your pregnancy questions
Cope with a cold the savvy way
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.
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
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.
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.
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.