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"Coughing While Pregnant"

I have had a bad cough for about 3-4 weeks now and i was taking robotussin (its the only thing the doctor said was safe) but i dont want to take to much medicine so i looked up in a home remidie book and it said drink a spoonful of pancake syrup. Now im still a little nervous doing that all that sugar. do you think that the syrup could hurt anything?

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Thank you everyone so much for all your wonderful responses. I am going to go to the store tonight and get some of that Calendula tea. I'll let you know what happens.

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Hi E.,
Hope your cough is getting a little better...
Do not use calendula tea- it is contraindicated during pregnancy!
Here's a link to more info:
and here's another link to herbal tea use in pregnancy:
(although calendula is not on the second link, I'd suggest staying on the side of caution...)
the second link seems to say peppermint is ok but I was told to avoid pepperming while pregnant...
Best wishes, hope you are feeling better...

Hi E.,
Sorry to hear you have a cough...Not fun!
From my understanding, a spoonful of maple syrup isn't going to do anything to you unless you already have diabetes (type 1, 2 or gestational)...
Sugar does not cause diabetes (but stress on the body from pregnancy, too much weight, and sometimes viruses can! Mine was triggered by a virus)...
hope this helps...
Also-while decaf tea can be helpful be sure to consult a guide or google on herb safety if drinking herbal tea as certain herbs are to be kept to a minimum or altogether restricted during pregnancy...
Best wishes!
Congrats on your 2nd babe!

drink caffeine free tea with honey as much as possible. Just try to take the medicine at night to help you sleep. Definitly ask about ZINC. we take it all the time! its good for everything, also vitamin c and other natural remedys just check eith your doc first. some people say they arent proven, but if it cant HURT you, its better then the stuff that has a warning label ten pages long. Good luck and get lots of rest!

I dont thinks a "teaspoon of sugar" or syrup in this cas will harm anything. That is like cutting all sugar out of all your food, impossible!! Or is it a rule that you cant have pancakes with syrup,you certainly put about a spoonful or more on pancakes. Just dont have ALOT of sugary foods and you are fine! Definately good ideas with cough remedies though, never heard of some of them.

no, I don't think that all that sugar will hurt, unless you are already at risk for gestational diabetis, however, if you're still concerned you can purchase the sugar free syrup.


I took the robitussin with all of my pregnancies, it truely is safe to take for you and the baby. It will also relelive your cough much more effectively than syrup alone. Hope you feel better soon. Remember to eat healthy drink lots of water, and most of all enjoy your pregnancy!

Good Luck! D. Mommy of four

I wouldn't recommend drinking the whole bottle in an afternoon, but I don't think a spoonful would hurt ANYTHING, I mean, no one says not to eat pancakes and syrup while your pregnant.

My friend had a cough when she was pregnant. It was persistent and frequent and turned out to be asthma. She had to use an inhaler. I think you should see your doctor :) Good Luck!

Old traditional remedy is lemon & honey tea. Just boiled hot water, squeeze in half fresh lemon and spoon or two of honey. I also agree with the Calendula tea, safe for children and while pregnant, very soothing. Lots of fruits and rest!

Not quite sure what pancake syrup would do- usually just water, corn syrup and flavor. If you were going to take spoonful of syrup, I would make sure it was real maple syrup at least, so it might have some nutritional value. Never heard of it before.

Rock candy to suck on is a great help for me. Calms my cough right down. Sometimes a cough can be caused by post nasal drip. When in doubt, see your doctor.

I think you will be alright with a spoonful of syrup. Why don't you try lemon and honey tea...that is always a winner and you can get decaf tea and honey is natural sugar...I am a little concerned about having a cough for such a long time...did you ask your doctor if that is normal. I hope you get better soon.

Hi, E.!
I think to much sugar is not good. You can ask doctor about that, get a second appinion.
When i have a cough, i am doing this: put in cup 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, add warm water and rinse your throat a few times a day.
Or you can take CALENDULA flowers put in hot boiled water, let it stand 40 min., cool of, and rinse your troat with this herbal tea. Even good for kids from cough.
I hope it helps.
Get beter,
Best wishes, V..

The only thing sugar will do is make your baby active. I ate so much syrup while pregant it was rediculous! :O) Both my children are happy and healthy. So drink up, it's much better than Robitussin.

I had the cough too, and I only took Robitussin once because it was right before I fdount out i was pregnant. I had coughs that kept me up all night.


Not sure who your doctor is but I had about 4 colds (bad ones) while pregnant last year and the only medicine that got me well was SUDAFED 12 HR- my obstetrician recomended it and I got well. But I was about 7 months already by the time I took it before I took Robitussin and it never actually really helped.

I worked in the OB/GYN field for ten years. Taking the pancake syrup will most likely cause no harm but the sugar may cause excitability in the baby. I would try drinking hot tea with a couple of teaspoons of honey stirred in. If you are worried about the caffeine buy decaf tea. You can also try throat lozenges but do not take any that contain ZINC, it can be harmful in pregnancy. When in doubt see your doctor.

I was closer to the end of my pregnancy when i caught the flu and coughed all night. I could not take my favorite codeine-laced medicine which knocked me out. Next best thing that worked for me was a strong (I think Kaz) vaporizer. It was large and held a ton of water that steamed ALL night..of course the room was hot but that was ok since i had chills.

I had the same problem. I had to take robotussin as well for like two 1/2 months. I think it is the DM you have to stay away from. I don't think you should worry yourself with it. My daughter turned out fine. Just get yourself prepared for the baby and rest. Best of luck and hope you feel better soon!

I am not a Dr., but we have lived in Japan for 7 months and got a nasty cold. We tried steam water with the natural herb thyme, some cinnamon and clove. My daughter whom is almost two and I inhaled for several days. I helped tremendously. Hope it helps you.

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