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How to Treat a Cold During Pregnancy

Right now, I am 36 weeks with a massive cold. I’m going through tissues faster than the pint of ice cream I downed last night. I think I have gone through four boxes in 24 hours. And I’ve been using each tissue more than once. It’s pretty gross.

I tried looking up online what is acceptable to take while you are pregnant but I got tons of varying information. Most articles list the ingredients that are allowed/not allowed as opposed to recommending specific drugs.

I don’t know about you— but I don’t have the patience to scan the back of every box in the cold medicine aisle looking for fifty long words I’ve never heard of. I just want someone to tell me what to take.

So, this morning, after a weekend of hot soup, lots of liquids, gargling salt water and as much rest as possible with a toddler running around the house, I called my OB/GYN for specifics.

She said, I could take…

1) Robitussin DM for cough and congestion. It must be DM.

2) Ayr Saline Solution for my nose twice a day.

3) Benadryl at night.

4) Claritin (only if necessary) during the day. But NOT Claritin D.

5) Regular Tylenol for fevers or headache.

NOTE: Sudafed, while sometimes recommended by doctors during pregnancy, is definitely NOT OKAY in your third trimester.

I promptly bought all of her recommendations.

And a case of tissues.

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