My least favourite season has arrived… Cold and flu season.

Each year I take the precautions and get myself and my family the flu shot. And, I am most certainly not going to sit here and preach about why you should get it. Nor am I going to tell you not to either. It is each person’s own personal choice as to whether they feel comfortable getting it. Personally, I think the benefits outweigh the risks. However, I have also been dealt a bad deck of cards during my pregnancy with Everly that found me extremely ill. It was after that, that I religiously took to getting the flu shot each and every year.

This year, I have yet to get it and oddly enough I am now sick with a similar bug to the one I had when I was pregnant with Everly. Let me tell you – being pregnant and sick with the cold or flu is not at all fun. In fact, it’s miserable and I have probably spent more time whining in recent days than ever. Call it a “man cold”. Call it what you will… I feel like garbage.

There is really very few things that you can take when you are sick during pregnancy. The best medicine of course is rest. Yep, you heard me… Rest.

Do you know how impossible it is to rest when you have 3 children to chase after? Yea… You guessed it.

So… how do you take care of yourself when you are pregnant and sick with the cold or flu? It may not be easy, but I have some tips that I found have helped me through these dark, sickly times over the years.

Rest. If you are able to sneak in time for a nap. Do it. Heck, maybe even adjust your night routine, so you can sneak in a few extra hours of zzz’s. Sleep is what your body needs to recover and bounce back,

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Stay Hydrated. You may not feel like drinking a ton of liquids, but it is important to stay hydrated. If your throat is irritated opt for warm drinks, like decaffeinated tea or warm water with freshly sliced lemon and honey.

Gargle warm salt water. Combine 1/2 tsp of table salt in warm water. Gargling warm salt water helps reduce swelling and inflammation of the throat.

Exercise. Exercise is a great way to get your body moving and the blood pumping. Even just exercising for 10 minutes can help you feel better temporarily. If your cold is in your chest, it is best to sit out of exercising until you are feeling better. As well, if you are feeling tired, you should again sit out. However, if you are feeling up to it, light exercise (like walking or a low impact cardio and resistance workout) is a great way to make you feel great, give you that little boost of energy and baby will love the movements too.

Over-the-counter medication. It is certainly not advised to take over-the-counter medication when pregnant. However, sometimes the benefits of doing so can and will outweigh the risks. So what can you take? It is always best to speak to your medical practitioner before beginning any course of medicine. However, Baby Centre does have a great resource to help you understand what medications are deemed safe to take during pregnancy.

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Arm yourself with a Neti-Pot, saline wipes and mist. That’s right. If you are suffering from nasal congestion and a runny nose, make sure to have products like Kandoo Kids Boogie Wipes or Saline Mist on hand. When all else falls you can also turn to your trusty Neti-Pot to help clear out those congested nasal passages bringing you temporary relief.

Maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. I know the last thing on your mind when you are sick is the desire to eat. However, it is important to feed yourself. You don’t have to eat what you normally would, but when you can try to fuel your body with nutritious and healthy foods packed full of all those essential nutrients that will help give your immune system that extra boost it needs. If you aren’t in the mood to eat, opt for a cup of warm chicken broth or soup, apple sauce or yogurt with probiotics. Anything is better than nothing.

Stay on top of your vitamin intake. Pregnant women can take 85mg of vitamin C a day. Anything more is known to cause stomach aches and can lead to gas and bloating. That being said it is safe to take up to 2,000 mg of Vitamin C supplementation it just may cause side effects. Remember to also continue taking your prenatal vitamin. You can also take echinacea (without the gold seal) just be sure to follow packaging for recommended dosing.

Use a humidifier. Have a cool mist humidifier lying around? Perfect. Set it up in your bedroom or a common area of your home where you spend most of your time. The humidifer will help boost moisture levels in the room, which will make it easier for you to breathe.

Take a load off. You may not be able to sleep, but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick back, relax and take a load off. Load up one of your favourite movies (or if you have a child home with you, one of theirs), cozy up on the couch with a warm cup of tea and just relax (and maybe snuggle). It is amazing how much resting can do your body a wealth of good.

Whatever you do, if you are pregnant and sick, don’t over do it. It’s a time when your body needs you to slow down and take it easy. Hopefully if you are under the weather, like me, you will find these tips on how to cope when sick with a cold or flu during pregnancy help you find some comfort.

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80 Comments on How to Cope When Sick with a Cold or Flu During Pregnancy

  1. Judy Cowan
    October 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Love to curl up in bed and watch Netflix on my tablet when I am not feeling well.

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  2. Wendy Graham
    October 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Lots of pillows, blankets and tea 😃

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  3. Jenny
    October 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm (2 years ago)

    have a nap

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  4. lori butler
    October 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    curled up on the couch watching movies

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  5. Jonnie
    October 27, 2015 at 9:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I take some cold medication and it usually knocks me out so I get some rest.

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  6. marie s
    October 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    a long hot shower, a nap and lots of movies

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  7. Florence C
    October 27, 2015 at 10:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Hot chicken soup, lot of blankets and a lot of rest.

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  8. lynn clayton
    October 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm (2 years ago)

    hot bath comfy pjas and a pillow

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  9. Jeannie
    October 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to unwind on the couch with my comfy PJs and blanket.

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  10. Anne Taylor
    October 27, 2015 at 10:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to put my feet up in my recliner, with a blanket, a cup of tea and take a nap!

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  11. Lisa bolduc
    October 27, 2015 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Curled up on the couch watching TV. But with a toddler that never happens

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  12. Tainan Lu
    October 27, 2015 at 11:54 pm (2 years ago)

    sleep ….

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  13. Krista M
    October 28, 2015 at 12:07 am (2 years ago)

    Marathon’s of Netflix shows! With a blanket, peppermint tea with honey, & the fluffiest pillow.

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  14. Victoria Ess
    October 28, 2015 at 12:17 am (2 years ago)

    Going to the gym.

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  15. salexis
    October 28, 2015 at 1:43 am (2 years ago)

    Couch. Movies. Sleep. 🙂

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  16. Amy Heffernan
    October 28, 2015 at 6:49 am (2 years ago)

    I like to watch tv snuggled in my jammies!

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  17. Cheryl
    October 28, 2015 at 10:33 am (2 years ago)

    Cuddle up in the cough with a peppermint tea

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  18. Wendy hutton
    October 28, 2015 at 11:41 am (2 years ago)

    curl up with a warm blanket a hot cup of tea and watch a good movie

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  19. Donnas
    October 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to lay in bed, or on the couch and watch TV.

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  20. Leela
    October 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm (2 years ago)

    A bowl of soup, fresh baked bread and sleep.

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  21. kathy downey
    October 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

    When im feeling under the weather i like a warm bath hot tea then off to bed

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  22. Tracy D
    October 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and Netflix!

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  23. 409cope
    October 28, 2015 at 1:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to relax in a hot tub!

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  24. kristen visser
    October 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm (2 years ago)

    When I am not feeling well, I like to stay in my sweats, lay down and watch a movie, have some soup and water

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  25. Erika Belanger
    October 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Have soup, tea, and watch movies!

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  26. Jennifer P.
    October 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to have a hot bath and then get into my pajamas, robe and fuzzy socks and curl up in bed.

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  27. jan
    October 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

    if it is really bad? my bed and some good drugs.

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  28. andrea amy
    October 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    hot bath and cup of tea

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  29. Angela Mitchell
    October 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to have a bath, nap, read or lay on the couch and catch up on some tv:)

    Reply
  30. Holly MacRitchie
    October 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to lay in bed and read a good book

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  31. Dayna Wilson
    October 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Bath, sleep, and Netflix.

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  32. Lynda Cook
    October 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I like sipping on a hot cup of tea and keeping warm in my bed with the door closed and the tv on low

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  33. Kristi Renout
    October 28, 2015 at 9:13 pm (2 years ago)

    An early bedtime with a hot water bottle.

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  34. Erin W
    October 28, 2015 at 9:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I love being able to sleep in, and take a long bath.

    Reply
  35. Sunshine G
    October 29, 2015 at 12:46 am (2 years ago)

    A latte and a magazine work wonders!

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  36. Tanis
    October 29, 2015 at 2:45 am (2 years ago)

    A nice, hot bath!

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  37. Nicole B
    October 29, 2015 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

    I love to cuddle up with the dog and watch a marathon on netflix! Although since kids this happens….never!

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  38. angela m
    October 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Warm blanket on the coach watching a movie.

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  39. Lori Jackson
    October 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

    A good soak in our hot tub, then a nap!

    Reply
  40. leana
    October 29, 2015 at 5:18 pm (2 years ago)

    On the couch with a good book!

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  41. Erin McSweeney
    October 29, 2015 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

    a cup of tea, the couch, and a good movie

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  42. Robyn Bellefleur
    October 30, 2015 at 10:58 am (2 years ago)

    I like to take a long hot bath.

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  43. Meg
    October 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm (2 years ago)

    On the sofa with a big blanket and a chai latte!

    Reply
  44. Silvia D
    October 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm (2 years ago)

    i like to wrap up in a cozy blanket, my tea and just relax and read.

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  45. michelle matta
    October 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm (2 years ago)

    sleep with a good familiar movie on. eat soup. lots and lots of baths. i mean like 3 a day. and usually when all else fails whimper with a cloth on my face.

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  46. karine
    October 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Relax at home, watch tv, drink hot honey water and sleep early!

    Reply
  47. charityk
    October 31, 2015 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    have a hot bath

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  48. crystal porter
    November 1, 2015 at 12:08 am (2 years ago)

    I like to relax with a hot bath

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  49. Soozle
    November 1, 2015 at 7:39 am (2 years ago)

    Napping on the couch is a great way for me to feel better

    Reply
  50. Gillian Morgan
    November 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to curl un in the living room on the couch with the fireplace on with movies.

    Reply
  51. Amber Y
    November 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    A cup of tea and a hot bath are my favourite ways to unwind and relax when i’m feeling unwell.

    Reply
  52. Dianne
    November 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    When I am not feeling well I like to make a hot drink, wrap up in a blanket and watch a movie either in bed or on the couch.

    Reply
  53. Erika Letson
    November 1, 2015 at 9:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to have the hottest bath I can stand with Epsom salts and essential oils.

    Reply
  54. Amanda F
    November 2, 2015 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

    Hot shower and sleep with lots of fluids!

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  55. tasha may
    November 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Have a nice hot bubble bath and sip on a glass of wine!

    Reply
  56. SueSueper
    November 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to relax on the sofa, enjoy a cup of tea, and not worry about anything else around.

    Reply
  57. Athena
    November 2, 2015 at 11:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Snuggling under blankets.

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  58. Yuen C
    November 3, 2015 at 12:15 am (2 years ago)

    I like to drink tea!

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  59. Barb W
    November 3, 2015 at 1:06 am (2 years ago)

    Cuddle under a blanket and watch TV

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  60. maria
    November 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Lying on the couch with a tv marathon.

    Reply
  61. cheryl hodgkins
    November 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Pretty much soaking in a hot tub, then laying under a blanket watching tv

    Reply
  62. Kelley Moore
    November 4, 2015 at 12:20 am (2 years ago)

    I like to unwind on the couch

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  63. Amy C
    November 4, 2015 at 1:59 am (2 years ago)

    I like to cuddle up under the blankets and read.

    Reply
  64. Nate Fuller
    November 4, 2015 at 8:28 am (2 years ago)

    Lay in bed litening to my iPod, puts me to sleep so I can recover!

    Reply
  65. Andrea Lamont
    November 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

    A hot bubble bath and then cuddle up in a cozy throw with a nice cup of tea 🙂

    Reply
  66. tanyab79
    November 5, 2015 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

    A nice hot bath or snuggle on the couch with a blanket watching movies.

    Reply
  67. Juliee Fitze
    November 5, 2015 at 5:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Curled up in bed watching tv.

    Reply
  68. Theresa Black
    November 6, 2015 at 5:50 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite way to unwind when Im sick is a nice hot bath followed with some Soup and a good book. Thanks so much for the chance.

    Reply
  69. Doris H
    November 6, 2015 at 11:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I just like to rest in bed when I’m not feeling well.

    Reply
  70. Erika E
    November 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

    My favourite way to unwind when I’m not feeling well is to take a nice, long, warm bath.

    Reply
  71. Erika E
    November 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

    My favourite way to unwind when I’m not feeling well is to take a nice, long, warm bath.

    Reply
  72. Debbie W
    November 8, 2015 at 10:42 am (2 years ago)

    I enjoy peace and quiet.

    Reply
  73. Mrs White
    November 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to unwind in a steamy bath with epsom salt and a few drops of essential oils.

    Reply
  74. Lisa Smith
    November 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

    A heating pad, blanket, and coffee on the couch

    Reply
  75. Eldon
    November 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to take a nap

    Reply
  76. Wanda Bergman
    November 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

    A good book, a blanket, coffee and my dog always make me feel better.

    Reply
  77. Bo Simms
    November 10, 2015 at 11:36 am (2 years ago)

    My favourite way to unwind when I am feeling under the weather is to make a pot of tea with honey, have a long bath, and lots of rest.

    Reply
  78. Ally G.
    November 10, 2015 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

    When I am feeling under the weather, I make some homemade soup, tea, take vitamins and try to nap to let my body heal.

    Reply
  79. Dana Miller
    November 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

    To unwind when I am under the weather I soak in epsom salts in a steamy bath. I keep warm on the couch with a microwavable bean bag, lemon honey tea and a good book.

    Reply

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