Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

Home remedies for cold and cough during pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 04, 2011
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Quick Bites

  • Stay warm and take adequate rest.
  • Take saline drops soothe the inflamed nasal tissue.
  • Use a humidifier or simply inhale steam from a pot of boiling water.
  • Drink plenty of water.

More

Suffering from cold and cough during pregnancy can be tiring and annoying. Though medication is best avoided, there are many home remedies for cold and cough during pregnancy that can help alleviate the symptoms. However, it is always recommended to consult the doctor before taking any medication or alternative therapy.

 

Home remedies for cold and cough during pregnancy

Take rest

Stay warm and take adequate rest as it will help your body direct its energy towards fighting the flu.

 

Saline drops

Saline drops soothe the inflamed nasal tissue besides loosening nasal mucus. To prepare at home, dissolve one quarter tea spoon of salt in eight ounces of water, put in a clean dropper and dispense a few drops in each nostril. Blow your nose after 5 minutes. This procedure removes the virus particles from the nose considerably.

 

Steam

Warm, humid air is very effective in cleansing the mucus. You can use a humidifier or simply inhale steam from a pot of boiling water. In addition, steaming relaxes cough too.

 

Ayurveda for Flu

 

Mentholated chest rubs

Rub a little dollop of these creams as the soothing vapours open the body’s air passageways by inducing the blood vessels to dilate.

 

Saltwater gargles

Warm, salt-water gargles help by drawing out the mucus and reducing the painful swelling in the throat. Salt also quells the itching sensation in the throat.

 

Nasal strips

These sticky tabs gently help to open up nasal passages so that you can breathe easier.

 

Drink plenty of water

 It is important to stay hydrated as some common cold symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose can cause slight dehydration. Avoid drinks with caffeine as they may dehydrate you.

 

Honey and lemon

Hot water with honey and lemon can work miracles. Honey soothes your throat and the vitamin C in the lemon boosts the immune system.  Ginger juice helps relieve the pain.

 

Chicken soup

Hot chicken soup with onions and vegetables can be both nutritious and refreshing.

 

Cough lozenges

The menthol or eucalyptus in cough drops soothes the throat and unclogs the congestion.
Sleeping with the head elevated will help in sinus drainage and improved breathing.Blow your nose often and let the germ-carrying phlegm come out. It is important to keep one nostril pressed while blowing gently through the other as this will prevent the phlegm from entering your ear passages.


Though there are a number of safe home remedies for cold and cough during pregnancy, in case there is little relief, it is advised to seek medical help.  Certain safe drugs can be prescribed by the doctor to ease out the pain and irritation.


Though there are a number of safe home remedies for cold and cough during pregnancy, in case there is little relief, it is advised to seek medical help.  Certain safe drugs can be prescribed by the doctor to ease out the pain and irritation.

 

Image Source: Getty

 

Read more articles on Home Remedies for Daily Life.

 

Related Articles
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Write a Review
Post a Comment
Disclaimer +
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.
Comments
  • Seema27 Sep 2012
    Safe and easy home-made solutions for cough and cold relief.
  • Name08 Apr 2012
    I keep my chest warm to treat a cough. You can get more info on how I do this from www.chestwarmers.com or www.turbogoose.com.

Medical Miracle

India’s pregnant man?India’s pregnant man?