Cold and flu season is almost over! Operative word being almost. If you are pregnant then you are probably aware of the extra precautions that need to be taken to avoid getting sick. Because let’s be honest, being any amount of ill while with child is the worst feeling in the world! You are immediately rendered helpless; your immune system is gone, meds are not an option and it feels like you may be reaching the end.
When you are pregnant, your immune system operates at a much lower resistance than usual. A weakened immune system prevents the body from rejecting your unborn child which is now still a foreign substance to the body. Which simply means that at this stage in your life you are more susceptible to getting colds and the flu. Especially if you live in a home with little kids. Any over the counter meds no longer become an option due to the risks they pose to your unborn.
As an individual who has suffered from colds, the flu, and then some during pregnancy, its important to find alternative methods that can help you feel better and won’t put your baby at risk. Here are somenatural home remedies for flu and colds during pregnancyyou should know.
I’m just going to get this one out of the way, sleep. This feels like it goes without saying, but sometimes a reminder is nice. Now is the time to take advantage of sleep, because as you’ve heard it’s not common once the little one arrives. Further, sleep important remedy for colds and flu is sleep. Especially when you are pregnant, you need more rest to let your body heal itself.
2 Citrus fruits and Vitamin C
These might healers are packed with vitamin C and antibacterial properties; lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits. Whether you eat the whole fruit or opt for a vitamin form, vitamin C has super cold and flu-fighting power. Kill bacteria, speed up healing, and create an alkaline environment in your body which can reduce the side effects of illness in the body.
3 Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body and helps kill viruses. Try this quickee recipe at the first sign of sickness:
Make a mixture of
Gargle and then drink! I personally like to add a little food with it, as apple cider vinegar can be harsh on an empty tummy.
This stinky remedy is tried and true! Garlic is a superstar when it comes to combating colds and flu. It is a powerhouse of antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that are of great help in killing the harmful bacteria and viruses. Opt for garlic in your meals over a supplement as dosing needs to be discussed with your healthcare provider.
5 Salt water
Ever since I was little I can remember my mom making me gargle with warm salt water to treat my sore throat. Salt water tends to create an environment that is unfavorable to germs, making it one of the most effective methods to prevent illness. And it’s perfectly safe to pregnant women. It’s so safe you can gargle as many times a day as you’d like!
6 Coconut oil
Simply adding a little coconut oil to your cooking can help reduce the symptoms of cold and flu. Coconut oil is known for antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. High concentrations of acid lauric in coconut oil is thought to destroy the lipid coating around viruses and make it easier for the immune system to get rid of.
7 Chicken soup
More than just a cold-weather treat, a bowl of chicken soup with several nutritious ingredients can help soon to be mommy get well faster. Chicken soup is easy to digest and contains anti-inflammatory properties. The broth in this dish also provides hydration.
Ginger is not only delicious in drinks and Asian style cooking, it acts as a powerful, natural cold remedy for soon to be moms. Ginger is believed to clear up toxins in your body, improve blood circulation and efficiently get rid of harmful bacteria and viruses caused illness for mom and the unborn baby.
Ginger also helps to relieve heartburn and ease nausea for those still in early pregnancy.
Above are some home remedies for cold and flu you should keep on hand during pregnancy. If you have to take medicine, carefully seek advice from doctors and experts.
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