Safe Cold Remedies for Pregnant Women
Sleep Propped Up
Getting enough sleep during pregnancy is essential, but hard to do when your nose is stuffy. Propping yourself up can help.
Sleeping with your head and upper body slightly inclined allows for better sinus drainage and makes it easier for you to breathe through a stuffy nose.
While lying down or sleeping, use pillows to keep your head elevated. Even better, consider raising the head of your bed a few inches by propping it up with sturdy books or blocks (because you’re pregnant, let someone else undertake this project). For extra-miserable sinus congestion, you might find relief and be able to rest by taking naps in a semi-upright recliner chair.
Saline Nasal Drops and Spray
When that almost inevitable case of runny nose and nasal congestion strikes during pregnancy, some of your best courses for treatment are non-medicated remedies—including saline.
A simple combination of salt and water, saline thins and loosens nasal mucus (especially the dry, crusty variety) and soothes inflamed nasal tissue. Both saline nasal spray and drops work equally well, but be sure to choose a brand that lists water and salt as the primary ingredients. Don’t use nasal spray containing any added medicines before first checking with your doctor or midwife (look on the label for an “active ingredients” list). When in doubt, a basic saline solution is easy to prepare at home. Dissolve one-quarter teaspoon salt in eight ounces of water. With a clean medicine dropper, place a few drops of the solution in each nostril. Wait five to 10 minutes before gently blowing your nose. Repeat as needed.
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