Colds in Pregnancy


In pregnancy, women are often more tired, so getting a cold can be even more uncomfortable. In addition, there is increased blood flow to the nasal membrane during pregnancy so many pregnant women have constant nasal stuffiness and an occasional bloody nose.


As long as you take care of yourself, your cold will not hurt the baby. Remember that colds go away on their own over time and there is no medicine that will cure a cold. Almost all colds are caused by viruses, so antibiotics won't help. Furthermore, the most recent research suggests that over-the-counter cold medicine, like decongestants and cough suppressants, do not help with cold symptoms. There are some things you can do at home, however, that will help you feel better.


We recommend the following to treat your cold during pregnancy: Rest as much as you can by taking some time off from your normal responsibilities and sleeping more. Drink even more water. Use a steam humidifier, especially in the bedroom to help you breathe.


Tylenol is safe and helpful for sore throat, headache, body aches, and fever.

 Saline nose drops or saline nasal wash are safe, and often help with congestion.

 Antihistamines may help with sneezing and runny nose, but don't help with any other cold symptoms or make the cold go away. The safest antihistamines during pregnancy are Chorpheniramine (Chlortrimeton) and Diphenhydramine (Benedryl). We still recommend you avoid these medicines in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.


We DO NOT recommend Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and aspirin because, in most cases, they are not considered safe during pregnancy.

 We DO NOT recommend nasal sprays such as Oxymetazoline and Phenylephrine (Afrin, Afrin Allergy,Neosynephrine). These sprays do not provide any lasting relief and can cause rebound congestion upon withdrawal.




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