Pregnant... and Sick. - Eagle Pass,TX

Updated on March 17, 2010
K.M. asks from Eagle Pass, TX
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So I am half way through my second trimester and I have been sick since I found out I was pregnant three and a half months ago.
I have a deep chest cough and my face is extremely congested. I have gone to the doctors for this a few times and he just keeps telling me to hang in there. Take a tylenol when my face is in pain and chew Vitamin C tablets, and of course rest. Which is eaiser said then done with a three year old son.

Any tips on getting better would be so helpful.

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answers from Milwaukee on

For the congestion, I took Sinufed... its the plain one that doesnt have any cold medicine in it... it worked great for me and was safe for the baby.. plus it didnt make me sleepy. For the cough, best I can tell you is to have hot tea and honey.. There is a pregnancy tea you can get that has no caffine in it.

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answers from Indianapolis on

Which doctor are you seeing - OB/GYN or Primary Care?

I'd make an appointment with the other regardless. If you have pain in your face, it sounds like you have a sinus infection (I'm neither a nurse nor a doctor), but if sounds like you need more than just Tylenol and Vitamin C.

Now that you're in your second trimester, the options for medications are a lot wider. There are anti-biotics that are FDA approved for use during Pregnancy (I was prescribed Augmentin for a sinus infection in my 3rd trimester).

Good luck. It's been a bad cold/flu season. I'd recommend getting a different opinion. The illness coupled with being pregnant and having another child can't be great for your overall health.

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answers from College Station on

I called my ob when I got like that and he told me to try robutessin I think... Any way there are meds out there that could help. Also to help with the conjestion try turning the shower on and let it steam up in there. The steam can help break you up I use it for me, my kids and husband! It works for us so maybe it will help you. It is tough haveing a little one running around I can relate My daughter was only 4 months when I found out I was pregnant... Ask daddy to taket care of the 3 year old so you can get a little break. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

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answers from Austin on

Do you have a neti pot? It really works to clean out and dry out your sinus. You can get them at drug stores.. They are very easy to use.. If you have problems go to and lok for Oprah, neti pot.

Also I used to place a super warm washcloth over my face to cover my nose and sinus.. It really gives relief.

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answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Try a sinus rinse. This will help with congestion. You can pick them up for around $12 at Walgreens or other stores... just ask the pharmacist.

Good luck!



answers from Austin on

Krystal, I highly recommend using a nasal rinse. I got mine at CVS for $12. It's the Neilmed brand (it's basically a nedipod but you can control the flow of the Neilmed by squeezing the solution out). I recommend you use it 2x a day! I was SOOO reluctant to try one because it sounded like a miserable thing to do to yourself. However, it's not bad at all! You will have to clear your nose out at least a little for it to work. Sometimes you can be so congested that nothing will budge. Also, ask your doctor if you can take Vicks VapoSpray. It is a nose spray that has Oxymetazoline HCI .05% in it. It works GREAT!!!!! It's a 12 hour spray. I use it at night when I can't breath (careful though, it's apparently addictive). I'm pretty sure it's pregnancy approved (same thing as Afrin, if I'm not mistaken). I don't know what you can take for the cough, unfortunately. I hope you recover soon. I would imagine you will start to feel better soon as cold and flu season wrap up.



answers from Austin on

Make sure you are not eating any sugar or white flour. Alot of red meat also makes it harder to get better fast. Eat tons of fresh fruit and veggies, lots of 3000 mg of vitamin C a day, lots of water (as in 4 quarts a day per my midwife) and you'll be better in no time. And of course rest. Read books to your little guy in bed, if you stay in bed for a couple days he'll bring his toys to you and you guys can play there. Good luck! (Of course no ice cream, junk food etc. you need a superior diet to get rid of this!)



answers from Houston on

That sucks! I am 19 weeks pregnant and can COMPLETELY understand how you are feeling!! Turns out I have asthma and that made my cough worse. I agree with the other replies. I think it sounds like you have a sinus infection and need more than Tylenol. I'd do more than hanging in there and go to another doctor!!! I saw my OB yesterday and she told me taking antihistamine was okay. She said I could take Zyrtec for allergies (I take Benadryl at bedtime to help me sleep). Also, like one of the other moms said, you can take some meds now that you are in your second trimester.I'd just get another doctor to let you know which ones are okay.
Good luck and I hope you feel better!!!



answers from Odessa on

I know this will sound crazy, to help with the cough; before bed, take a warm shower, then put vicks vaporub on your feet, put on a pair of warm socks, then go to bed. I know it sounds crazy, but I have everyone at work doing that with thier children and it works, unless of course its something more serious that must be treated with antibiotics. I was in my second trimester and developed bronchitis, they gave me antibiotics, sudafed and a codiene cough syrup, my cough was terrible, after a few days in bed I got better. I might check with a different doctor. Its the pits to be sick during this part of the pregnancy, this is the best part!!!

God Bless



answers from Victoria on

robutessin (sp) ask the pharmisist which one. its the weakes one but its better than nothing. i took it with both kids (winter babies) and they are both fine (one two the other 6 weeks). i would also look into getting a different doctor.



answers from College Station on

I would go see an ENT. He knows what you can take with pregnancy and can also work with your ob.



answers from Washington DC on

Has the doctor even considered you might have a sinus infection? You would need antibiotics for that.

I hope you feel better soon


answers from Austin on

I don't know why your doc isn't giving you some antibiotics...?! Sounds like a sinus infection (There are antibiotics that pregnant women can take safely). One concern I would have is the amount of oxygen that you are able to breath in... If you are extremely congested, then your oxygen in take could be decreased... meaning the baby isn't getting as much oxygen rich blood as it may need.



answers from Austin on

8 oz. of water every hour, yes every hour. Watch the clock and when the big hand hits 12, drink a glass of water. At night, keep a bottle or two of water by your bed so you can drink if you wake up as well. You will have to use the restroom a lot but it worked for me when I was pregnant so I continue 'til this day. I'd rather use the restroom more than have a prolonged cough.

When you have more energy (in the morning?) get a lot of crafty ideas together bags or shoe boxes. Then throughout the day, you can get out one bag or box at a time. Teach him to clean up and put everything back in the bag/box and then he can have another bag or box. I'm sure he is a busy boy at his age. You can get lots of ideas online for homemade playdough, homemade soft pretzels, etc. would make long ropes of the pretzel dough and then let my kids make their own shapes. They loved spelling out their name and then eating them. I used margarita salt for some and cinnamon sugar for others... Find things you can do sitting down.

Rinse the dishes but don't wash them if you are exhausted. Just ask your husband if he could do those for you. Let him know ahead of time what you will be doing with your son and you will need his help with the dishes.



answers from Austin on

I had a similar situation when I was pregnant. My doctor told me to take Claritin for the stuffiness, Robitussin(not the DM) for cough and Tylenol if I had a headache. My cough turned into Bronchitis which you can't treat Bronchitis when you are pregnant, you just have to treat the systems. You want to try and nip it in the butt while you can. They eventually put me on ZPAC because it wasn't going away. I think that was because I didn't hit it hard enough when it started. Hopefully you won't have to go through that. Good Luck.

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