Four Months Pregnant with a Really Bad Cold.

Updated on September 13, 2006
P. asks from Jacksonville, FL
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I have a really bad cold I caught from my husband. I feel just awful. My throat hurt, my nose is just dripping and everyone time I sneeze, my belly hurt. I've just been drinking lots of decaf green tea with honey to help soothe my throat. Is there anything I can take that is safe for the baby?

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I finally went to the doctor and he told me to take Tylenol Cold Mulit-Symptom. I've been taking it for the past two days, and it seems to be helping.

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L.R.

answers from Orlando on

Well,
I know that when you are pregnant there aren't many choices of medicine. You may want to ask the doctor about this, but when I was pregnant my Doctor prescribed me sudafed. It was a really low dose but it helped.
Good luck. Let me know if this helped.

L.

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H.P.

answers from Jacksonville on

My midwife suggests echinacea and vitamin C to bowel tolerance for 5 days. Also, saline spray to clear the nasal passages, eucalyptus oil on the chest and bridge of nose, and marshmallow root tea as an expectorant.

Oh, and FYI, there is no. medication that is *PROVEN* safe for an unborn baby. The Tylenol family is considered low risk, but not entirely safe. It is either Class B or C for pregnancy.

Peace,
H. P.

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C.V.

answers from Miami on

I too got a horrible cold while pregnant with my baby. My doctor told me I could take anything Tylenol, so I took tylenol cold. It really helped. Check with your dr, but most of them ok tylenol products. Feel better!!
Cathy

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H.C.

answers from Orlando on

my sister had a really bad cold and was pregnant she used sudafed and it worked great!!! good luck and feel better

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C.C.

answers from Orlando on

Oscillococcinum - it's a Homeopathic and you can get it at Walmart - completely safe and WORKS!!

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M.O.

answers from Sarasota on

Again, talk to your doctor, but sudafed is a safe medicine according to my doctor. Also, gargling with hydrogen peroxide always helps my throat. Feel better!

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E.P.

answers from Jacksonville on

Call your care provider (OB/Gyn, Midwife). My midwife suggested anything in the Tylenol family. But don't take anything until you talk to your careprovider

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M.G.

answers from Jacksonville on

Hi P. - Ask your dr what you should take. I was sick several times while I was pregnant. I know you can take the z-pack if you have an infection. My blood pressure was up so I took children's tylenol cold medicine and that seemed to work well. Tylenol Cold & Sinus is safe - but always check with the doc first. Careful with green tea - I know a lot of herbal teas are not good to drink while pregnant. By the way, we live in the same development!

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K.Y.

answers from Orlando on

I was also told by my doctor that I could take Tylenol medications. I found that Tylenol has a cold medicine that helps with the symptoms of the common cold. I took this when I was pregnant and everything went fine. However, I do agree that you should call your doctor and ask their advise on what they feel is okay to take. I've found that there are a lot of different opinions on this topic and you should follow what your doctor recommends. Good luck.

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C.

answers from Lakeland on

When I had my really bad cold just before I delivered, I found a vaporizer really helped me breathe at night whereas before I was pregnant I would use codeine.

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K.B.

answers from Tampa on

As always ask your doctor first but there is a cough medicine w/o any alcohol it's called Delsym it's orange flavored & that might work or at least make you feel temp. better & be able to sleep.... Hope that helps.

D.S.

answers from Columbus on

Hello,

When I got pregnant my doctor gave me a list of meds that were acceptable to take during pregnancy, fortunately I never had to use any.

For colds she said I could take:
- Regular strength tylenol
- Robitussin plain
- Benadryl
- Chlor-trimetron
- Vicks vapor-rub
- Ocean nasal spray or saline nasal gel
- steam treatments for nasal congestion

Hope it helps!

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S.C.

answers from Tampa on

I had a sinus infection when I was pregnant with my youngest. I was MISERABLE! Doc would not allow ANYTHING except vics vapor rub, hot liquids and vaporizer and plain tylenol. I was up all night and couldn't even lie down due to the sinus pressure. I ended up calling the OB again at 3 am and begging for SOMETHING, but she wouldn't budge.

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M.S.

answers from Sarasota on

Make sure you don't have a fever. I caught something when I was pregnant with my first, and I was out of state visiting my parents. I called my OB/GYN, and when they heard I had a fever, they got the number of a local pharmacy where I was staying, called in a Z-pack (antibiotic), and told me to go get it immediately. They also had me start on Tylenol right away, and take it every 4 hours. They were very insistant that I keep the fever down.

I thought I'd mention that since I haven't seen it posted yet, and it seems to be important. I know I can feel just awful for a couple of days and not have it occur to me that I should take my temperature. When I finally do think about taking it, and take some Tylenol, I feel so much better.

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K.G.

answers from Boca Raton on

Going along with whateveryone else said, askyour OB, but I took Tylenol Cold and Sinus when I was pregnant and it worked well....and wash your hands constantly.

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D.H.

answers from Miami on

My Dr. lets me take plain Sudafed or Tylenol Cold. He is the chief of ObGYN at Hollywood Memorial. THey have proven these meds safe for the baby and believe that an extremely ill mom can give the baby diress so they'd prefer to treat you with safe meds so you are well again. You can call them and ask. THeir phone # is ###-###-####.

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M.P.

answers from Tampa on

There are safe over-the-counter cold medicines you can take. Ask your doctor. I was allowed to take Sudafed non-drowsy. I also used a nasal spray.

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M.N.

answers from Bloomington on

You can gargle with salt water to help your throat feel better. I would call my OB/GYN to find out what I could take for the runny nose and sneezing that would not hurt the baby. You may also want to go and be checked just because I have heard that strep thoat is going around in that Jacksonville area. I don't know what area you live in so I don't know if this would effect you or not.

Good luck and I hope that you get to feeling better soon.

M. N.

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E.

answers from Miami on

Plain Sudafed-the little red ones. Also it's hot tea with fresh squeezed lemon for the throat. That's what my doctor prescribed when I had larenjtus ( I can't spell that)

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A.G.

answers from Orlando on

I had the worst cold/throat infection and for the first time I tried an old remedy and it worked so well it was incredible.

Honey & lemon hot tea. Honey first, then the hot water, then cut a real lemon (about 1/2 lemon per cup) and squeeze into cup and then put the cut lemon slices in the cup too. Drink while hot. Drink at least two cups a day (I drank in the morning and at night, when my throat felt the worst). It was so soothing, my throat which originally felt like it was on fire every time I swallowed, and I felt an ear infection coming on, it was all gone in about two days.

You can also do a gargle with warm/hot salt water. That helps alot too.

Feel better soon!

A.