While pregnancy involves plenty of wonderful, enjoyable experiences, getting sick is not one of them. Pregnant women are more likely to pick up coughs, colds and other illnesses because the stress of pregnancy can weaken their immune systems. The hard part about being pregnant and sick is that you have to be very careful about how you treat your illness, as some medications and substances can be harmful for your baby. There are ways to treat a condition, such as a dry cough, without endangering you or your little one.
Increasing the moisture in your body and in your environment can help relieve a dry cough. Drink around ten 8-ounce cups of water per day while battling a cough. Sip on clear broths such as chicken noodle soup. Drinking a little fruit juice can help hydrate you as well and can give your body an extra boost of vitamin C, which may help your immune system fight your illness.
Increase the moisture in the air by using a cool mist humidifier. You also can take a hot shower or just sit in the bathroom with the shower running and breathe in the warm, damp air. Sucking on hard candy or cough drops can help your throat stay moist and reduce your amount of coughing as well.
Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressing medication that is found in many over-the-counter cough remedies. It is classified as “Category C” in terms of pregnancy medications, meaning that its effects are somewhat unknown due to lack of research. Since Category C medications do not definitely cause harm to the fetus, many doctors give pregnant women permission to occasionally use these in moderation. Talk to your doctor before using dextromethorphan or any other medication. Also be careful to read the labels of various cough medicines, since many of them contain a combination of active ingredients.
A dry cough often results from a cold, the flu or allergies. By treating the underlying cause, you also positively affect the surrounding symptoms (such as a cough). Get plenty of rest when you are sick. Stay hydrated and remember to continue eating healthily. Your growing baby still needs you to provide important nutrients even though you might not feel well. Get adequate rest so that your body can fight your illness more effectively. In the case of allergies, try to avoid the substances that trigger your allergy. If your cough does not get better within a week, or you are having other symptoms such as a fever, call your doctor.