THERAPY OF COMMON COLDS AND COUGHS IN EARLY PREGNANCY

When colds and coughs occur in pregnancy they have to be treated differently. Many commonly used cold, sinus, and cough medicines are not known to be safe in pregnancy.
  • Runny nose, sneezing, tearing - the usual use of antihistamines is not recommended. Please be aware that the hormones of pregnancy do cause a normal increase of nasal discharge and congestion. Some part of your symptoms may be a normal result of pregnancy.
  • Stuffed-up noses - the use of Sudafed and nasal decongestants is not recommended. "Ocean" nasal spray (sterile saline) can be used. Nasal steaming or nose and sinus area hot packs can be used. Sleep sitting up; sinus cavities cannot drain in the flat sleeping position.
  • Fever & aches - it is okay to take 2 regular or 1 extra strength Tylenol tablets each 4 hours, to decrease fever and aches.
  • Sore throat - it is recommended that you come to the office for a throat culture to rule out strep throat. Gargling with warm water frequently is recommended.
  • Cough - ordinary cough drops like "Halls Menthol-Lyptus" are okay. Plain Robitussin cough syrup is okay. "Vicks Vapo Rub" is okay (do not place into the nose). Sleep sitting up; you cough less than when lying flat. Drink plenty of fluids.


Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to call our office at 562-595-1961.