AACK…being sick sucks, and probably never more so then when you are pregnant because your options in terms of medications are more restricted either by yourself or by recommendations from your doctor. Unfortunately, given the length of pregnancy (hey it could be worse, elephants are pregnant for 22-months!) chances are you will likely get pregnant at least once (although we hope you don’t!)
I came down with a cold at week 25, and it was the mother of all colds. I’ve never had a simple cold last this long before in my life. I’m at week 27 and 2-days and I’d say I still have another few days before I’m completely recovered. My symptoms: it started with a crazy sinus infection where I had to blow my nose constantly, and then morphed into a dry-ish cough that kept me up at night making it hard to sleep and therefore hard to get well. Here were my steps for avoiding traditional drugs on the path to recovery while pregnant.
Take time to get well: I think the main reason I’ve been sick for so long is that with my work it was really difficult to take the time off to get well right in the beginning. I was able to take a few days off, then had to work for a few, and then took a few more off. If I had been able to “nip it in the bud” with a solid 5-days off right in the beginning, I wouldn’t still be sick now. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that luxury, but if you do, you should take advantage of it!
Sinuses: In the beginning I had
Dry-ish Cough: After
Herbs/Teas/Remedies: Despite the fact that one of my pregnancy books has peppermint oil listed as a “no-no” (what I read is that it can be problematic for someone who has suffered a miscarriage previously) my midwife said that peppermint oil is not only okay but fantastic and that I should absolutely include it in my “get well” regimen. Basically I drank Traditional Medicinals “Seasonal Herb Tea Sampler” like it was going out of style. The 4-tea sampler includes Gypsy Cold Care, Throat Coat, Echinacea and Breathe Easy and I alternated them all day long. I also used Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Herbal Pastilles and Ricola Traditional Flavor lozenges which also provided some relief for my cough. I also drank lots of hot water with lemon and honey, and ate a garlic clove after every meal (don’t do it on an empty stomach, it can be painful!) I also took 3-doses a day of Boiron’s Oscillococcinum. I was told at some point that all homeopathic remedies are safe for pregnant women, but check with your medical professional. All of these products are available at your local health food store or online. In addition to the above remedies, I also ate lots of fresh fruits high in Vitamin C and whenever I could, would go to my local juice bar and get a 2-ounce shot of wheatgrass.
Thankfully, although my cold lingered, it never got worse and turned into anything that would require antibiotics, so I was happy with that. Here’s to you having a super healthy pregnancy!
My sick shopping list
(for one week)
Every person and every pregnancy is different, so be sure to consult your medical professional before making changes to your diet and/or medicine regimes. The information in this article should not be taken as medical advice.
Alegre Ramos is a LEED AP interior designer and green living expert based in the