Today marks the half way point of my pregnancy! Just 20 more weeks until we get to meet our little man. Unfortunately, this mama is under the weather. Being pregnant is not exactly the most comfortable thing I’ve ever done so throwing a head cold and cough into the mix wasn’t exactly ideal but its very common. When your pregnant, your immune system runs at a lower speed (which is a good thing because it keeps your body from fighting off the foreigner taking up residency in your uterus) making pregnant women more susceptible to catching icky germs.
That I spend my days in places with a bazillion kids who haven’t quite mastered the art of covering their mouths, washing their hands, and blowing their noses, it’s not much of a surprise that I caught something. I’m spending today in my Ho-Ho-Ho PJ’s and bath robe doing a whole lot of resting and trying to flush this virus out of my system so me and baby can feel like our healthy selves.
I’ve never been much of a pill popper and for the most part have tried to stick to more natural remedies for colds. With a baby on board, there’s even more reason to avoid cold medicine and stick with natural options.
5 Natural Cold Remedies:
1. REST: I know you want to save your “sick” days for when you don’t feel sick or you don’t want to appear to be a slacker–but sick employees are less productive employees and your body needs every bit of energy you can muster to fight off those invasive germs. Plus, its not cool to share your gross germs. Take a sick day–and don’t use it to run errands. Tell yourself you are giving your body what it needs to get better so you have more to give!
2. Hydrate: with water, juice, tea (and don’t forget the lemon)! Staying hydrated is important all the time but even more so when your body is fighting off a virus! Squeeze lemon juice into your water for some extra Vitamin C and natural anti-bacterial properties. If you have a juicer (or a blender) make some fruit and veggie juice. It’s like a vitamin bath for your insides. Juicing out the fiber makes the vitamins easier for your body to absorb.
3. Lemon-Honey Shots: Squeeze half a lemon into a shot glass, stir in some honey, and add a dash of cayenne pepper and then shoot it down your throat! You’ll be getting more vitamin c, more natural antibacterials (lemon, honey, and cayenne pepper), and it will also act as an expectorant if you are having difficulty getting that gunk up.
4. Neti pot: Using a neti-pot has changed my life. When I have congestion, I bust out the neti pot every few hours (3-5 times per day) to give my sinuses a good flush. This not only relieves sinus pressure and makes it easier to breathe (I will do it in the middle of the night if I wake up because I’m having difficulty breathing through my nose), but it also reduces your chances of getting a sinus infection. That nasty gooey stuff chilling up there, causing your head to feel like its about to explode is not doing you any good, get it out-a-there.
5. Steam: This can be accomplished in several ways–a hot shower, humidifier, or a pot of boiling water with a towel over your head. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil will really help draw out the mucus. For the the boiling water method: boil a pot of water and remove it from heat. Place a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the pot and then lean your face over it and place a towel over your head (making a little steam room for your head).
I know its tempting to pop some day-quil and get on with your day but its not always best and powering through with the help of drugs will often times make recovery time longer or it can escalate into something worse (coming from a girl who had bronchitis for 3 months in Korea).
Moment of Gratitude: Thankful for a husband who nudges me in the night to remind me to get back into optimal preggo sleeping position, an “employer” that encourages me to take the time off to rest when I’m sick, a mom that brings me soup on her lunch break, and a 2 year old named Carolyn that makes me get well gifts and calls me to tell me about it.
Any other natural cold remedies you swear by?