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
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,
(Photo source: FreeDigitalPhotos.net / Photo by: nenetus)
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.
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.
Enter to win a Kandoo Kids Cold & Flu Prize Pack (ARV $80), includes:
- Kandoo hand wash X 2
- Boogie Mist X 2
- Boogie Wipes (small packs) X 8
- Boogie Wipes (90 count) x 2
Giveaway Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec), and runs until 11:59PM EST on November 10, 2015. Kandoo Kids has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with Kandoo Kids. By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a Kandoo Kids PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #KandooKids ambassador program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.
Disclosure: I am a Kandoo Kids ambassador. As a part of my affiliation with this program I receive special perks and compensation. All opinions are those of my own.