32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

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32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Shew34 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:56 pm

Like I wasn't already uncomfortable enough! A head cold has worked its way through my family and settled on me. I have my fever under control and the doctor said I could take Sudafed and benadryl, but they're really not doing much. Anyone have any tips to get through this?

Apparently our immune system is suppressed even more at this point in our pregnancies, so I'm just worried I'm going to get worse and worse!

Sorry to be such a complainer - I don't do "sick" very well.
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby same_true_taurus » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:00 pm

Sorry to hear that! Colds make me really miserable. I've caught 2 colds from my son, even with constant handwashing, and no one else in the house got it :-/
I went with lots of vitamin C (orange juice) and a thick layer of vaporub on my feet, topped with socks, before bed.
I can't do sudafed/benadryl because it just knocks me out without really helping my symptoms.
If you have a lot of mucus, steam up your bathroom and breathe it in. It really helps loosen it up.
Hope you're feeling better soon!
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Gonzo1 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:29 pm

I am not sure what to tell you to control your symptoms, but try to focus on getting enough probiotics through the end of your pregnancy to stave off illness. So much of your immune system is housed in your gut bacteria - you really have to make sure you're supporting that system. You can take probiotic pills or do shots of kefir (in the yogurt section). I've done kefir shots pretty regularly and somehow managed not to get sick when DH had an upper-respiratory infection over the holidays. We shared a bed while he was sick and while I did have a little extra mucus for a few days, that was it! Usually I'm the one getting sick so it was pretty impressive.

I can't promise you'll never get ill but in my case it has made a difference.

It will also help keep your digestion in order.
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Shew34 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:32 am

Thanks ladies!!
Luckily after 3 days I felt human again. I like that you guys recommended vapor rub and kefir - two of my pregnancy favorites! I've just gotten into drinking kefir (mainly because of the lovely constipation), but I like hearing that it helps our immune systems too. Thanks again for the help :-)
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Gonzo1 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:35 am

Glad you're on the mend! I can't imagine having a young child, being this pregnant, AND sick. Bless your heart.
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Suzynumber1 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:20 pm

I have a head cold as well have for about two weeks I have been drinking hot caffein free tea . I also have a ear infection it sucks!

Hope your feeling better
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Shew34 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:02 pm

Oh, I'm sorry you've been sick! Being sick on top of being pregnant is the worst!! Luckily I only felt super terrible for 3 days, but I'm still sort of congested, ugh. I hope you feel better soon! I drank hot OJ/lemon juice/honey like crazy. Maybe that helped it not last as long? Who knows!
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Suzynumber1 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:05 pm

I may give that a try I was feeling better and last night went to bed with another sore throat today I'm congested sigh. You feeling better? When's your due date? Mines march 28th ish
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Re: 32 Weeks Bad Head Cold

Postby Shew34 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:12 pm

I think I'm back to 100%, or as close as you can feel to 100% when I'm this pregnant! Hope you're feeling better too. My due date is Feb 27th, but I'm scheduled for a c-section at 39 weeks on the 20th. We'll see if I make it that far!
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