During pregnancy, the body of mothers could not fight off cold as well as it often does. As a result, they are probably more vulnerable to cold symptoms in early pregnancy such as sore throat, cough and stuffy nose, which makes it really annoying.


It is really important to know some common reasons as well as proper treatment to minor cold in early pregnancy to avoid any serious problems for your baby. The following sections are what you need to learn for dealing with it.

Causes and symptoms of cold during pregnancy?

In general, there are more than 200 forms of virus that would cause cold, especially rhinovirus. This is the reason why you should always keep an eye on getting them.

When it comes to the signs of a cold, it often begins with a scratchy or sore throat, which would last from 1 to 2 days, then followed by the slow appearance of following symptoms:

  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing a lot
  • Mild fatigue
  • A dry cough, especially near the end of the cold, which might go on for several days after other signs have subsided
  • No or little fever (often less than 100 °F)

What should you do if you catch a cold during pregnancy?

Even though most of the common medications people use to reduce cold symptoms are often not allowed during pregnancy, several of the most effective method do not actually come from the medicine. These following useful tips could help you to feel better quickly:

  • Resting: Going to bed does not necessarily shorten the duration of a cold. But if the body needs for some rest, you need to listen.
  • Staying active: Some exercises for pregnancy might actually make you have better recovery when you are not coughing or running a fever.
  • Eating: In fact, maybe you would suffer from loss of appetite, but eating healthfully could help you to relieve several cold symptoms.
  • Choosing foods with vitamin C: You could easily find vitamin C in spinach, red cabbage, broccoli, papaya, bell peppers, tomatoes, kiwi, melon, strawberries, and most kinds of citrus fruits such as grape, tangerines and oranges. In general, they could help to boost the immune system naturally.
  • Taking in more zinc: It could be found in oatmeal, wheat germ, yogurt, eggs, cooked oysters, pork, beef, and turkey. It would also help to improve your immune system.
  • Drinking up: Runny nose, sneezes and fever would lead to loss of fluid that your kid and you need. Any warm beverages would be especially soothing, thus you should keep a bottle of hot soup or hot drink next to the bed and try it enough to remain well hydrated. Cold juices and water are also good if that is what you are thirsting for.
  • Supplementing safely: It is smart to take the prenatal vitamin, which is made with zinc and vitamin, when you are having a cold. However, do not use any other supplements without the approval of your doctor.
  • Sleeping easy: It is easier to breathe when you sleep by elevating the head or lying down with several of pillows. A nasal strip (which pulls the nasal passage open gently pull to make breathing easier) might also help. It is totally drug-free and could be found over the counter.

Safe medications for a cold during pregnancy

Before you go for any doses of cold medicine, remember to call your doctor or practitioner first to figure out which medications are safe for pregnancy and which ones would be most suitable for you.

  • Acetaminophen: It is basically considered safe to use medicine with acetaminophen, including Tylenol when you are suffering from headaches, body aches or a fever.
  • Cough medicine: Expectorants (such as Mucinex) and cough suppressants (including Vicks44 and Robitussin) are also considered safe for using during a pregnancy. But it is necessary to ask a doctor or practitioner for dosing.
  • Before taking any medicine (homeopathic, over the counter or prescription), always remember to ask for advice of your doctor or practitioner on the instruction sheet that he or she offer you on the first visit.

Alternative treatments for a cold during pregnancy

Apart from medications mentioned above, you could try the following natural methods to relieve your cold symptoms:

  • Eating fresh garlic: It is often considered to contain virus-fighting elements, so you should stir-fry, add to soup or bite it.
  • Run the humidifier: This would help to keep the surrounding air moist, which could loosen the congestion.
  • Saline nose rinses, sprays or drops: Those would help to moisten the nasal passages. In addition, they are totally safe for using frequently.
  • Saltwater gargle: By using one quarter teaspoon of salt with 8 oz of warm water, you could relieve a scratchy or sore throat.
  • Honey: Mixing honey with lemon in hot water or eating some teaspoons straight would help to suppress the symptoms of dry cough effectively.

Nancy D. Richardson

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