To launch a disease is very dangerous - now it is necessary to think and take care of two. But there is also nothing to treat: there are no usual medications in the ordinary life for colds during this period. What to do?
Doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid medication if possible, bypassing folk remedies. And the first thing to remember about a pregnant woman is inhalation.
Inhalations from a cough and runny nose during pregnancy
Inhalation is one of the most innocuous methods of treating a cold. They do not exert additional burden on the internal organs, which occurs with traditional treatment. And not only help the sick mother, but also do not harm the future baby. If breathing becomes difficult or even unbearable due to a runny nose or cough, inhalation can help to ease the condition. During pregnancy this is especially important, because the baby should not lack oxygen or constantly shudder from mum's cough reflexes.
Whether it's a runny nose, wet, dry and especially pressing cough, the steam will help to remove the symptom, quickly and effectively eliminating the cause of discomfort. Especially good are inhalations at the initial stage of the disease, when a dry, uninterrupted cough suffers.
Recipes for inhalation during pregnancy
The nature of the cough is very important, because with a dry and wet cough for inhalation during pregnancy, various solutions should be used. From herbs with a dry cough choose chamomile, sage, lime blossom, plantain, marshmallow, thyme, St. John's Wort, and when wet - eucalyptus, mother-and-stepmother, ledum, plantain, a turn, a leaf of a cowberry, a yarrow and others.
Inhalations with mineral water are quite harmless and quite effective. To do this, it is better to choose Borjomi or other slightly alkaline mineral water, and open the bottle so that gases come out of it beforehand. Alternatively, dilute 2-3 tablespoons of soda in a liter of boiling water.
Boil potatoes or only its peel, as well as honey water, will help calm the cough and relieve the inflammation: one part of honey should be taken in 5 parts of water. Almost universal remedy is balm "Vietnamese starlet", equally good as for coughing, and with a cold. Well help with stuffy bow and garlic.
Inhalations with the use of essential oils have recently become increasingly popular. These are oils of sage, aira, lime, myrtle, fir, pine, eucalyptus, rosemary, cedar, lavender, pink, which are especially good for laryngitis, tracheitis and bronchitis.
How to do inhalation during pregnancy
The most important thing you should know: at a temperature, thermal procedures are contraindicated! In this case, you can do only cold inhalations with essential oils.
If the heat is not there, then any of the methods available to you will do. It is best to use a specially designed for this case inhaler or nebulizer. But, naturally, not every family has such a device. Do not despair - hand tools are also good. You can breathe over a teapot spout or make a paper cone, or simply bend over a steaming saucepan, covered with a towel. Please note, that inhalation can be carried out at least an hour and a half after eating.
It is very important to breathe correctly during inhalation. If you have a cold, breathethose with the nose, with a cough - mouth, in both cases no longer than 10 minutes, and with the use of essential oil - a maximum of 5-7 minutes. After the procedure, it is recommended to rest for an hour or two, do not drink anything and do not eat or even talk, so as not to strain the vocal cords. To go out into the cold air and smoke (which, in principle, and without inhalation is prohibited during pregnancy) is also not possible.
One more caution: be careful with essential oils and herbs. Any of them can cause the strongest allergy, so before carrying out inhalation with their use, conduct an intolerance test. Remember that during pregnancy, the risk of allergic reactions increases.
In general, inhalation during pregnancy is not prohibited, but be careful not be superfluous. It is best to consult your doctor to be absolutely sure about the safety of your chosen method of treatment.
Take care of yourself and your future baby!