Colds In Pregnancy
If you haven’t already been privy to this information, pregnancy has some not-so-fun symptoms. They can feel exhausting but they will pass with time, and once you hold your little one in your hands it will all be worth it!
One of these pesky symptoms is something we have all dealt with at some time or another, and that is a cold. While colds are a common problem worldwide, pregnant women are more prone to getting a cold due to certain changes in the body’s physiology.
The symptoms of a cold while pregnant are usually the same as those of a non-pregnant person; sneezing, having a runny/stuffy nose, being tired, coughing, and having a low fever.
What Causes It?
Colds are usually caused by a virus called rhinovirus. It becomes common during pregnancy since the body’s immune system isn’t as strong as it usually is. These changes usually take place to protect your baby. According to studies, susceptibility to infections such as the common cold increases during the first trimester and decreases by the second trimester.
Usually, having a cold during pregnancy is harmless and will not affect the baby. Most women tend to recover in a week or two, without any serious consequences. However, since pregnant women have a less competent immune system, they can be more prone to developing complications such as:
- Increased risk of the baby having a birth defect
- Developing bronchitis
- Developing pneumonia
- Increased risk of miscarriage
If you have a cold during pregnancy, it’s always best to contact your healthcare provider so you can get treated in time to prevent any serious complications and so they can approve any medications.
Here are some things you can try at home to help:
- Acetaminophen can help reduce inflammation and fever. It can also help with the headache, making the symptoms more manageable.
- For cough, you can try soothing herbal teas or cough drops for symptomatic relief.
- Stay hydrated: you can try teas, hot chocolate, and other warm drinks if you like.
- Sucking on a popsicle may reduce inflammation, helping you feel better.
- You can take antiviral medication if your healthcare provider suggests it, this may help prevent serious complications from developing.
If however, you’re developing a fever and feeling increasingly sick, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately to rule out illnesses other than cold and prevent complications that may arise from having a cold in pregnancy.