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    Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    ...no I'm not talking mentally...that requires more help than anyone person could give.

    I've got a cold...and I'm pregnant. Bleh.

    What can I take to try and kick this beasty to the curb? I always end up with a monster cold in my 3rd trimester that lingers until I deliver...it's like my immune system just gives out in my 3rd trimester. I just want to make sure that THIS cold doesn't turn into a 2 month one.

    My head is stuffy & plugged up, but my nose isn't running. I'm coughing, and this morning I could feel pressure in my chest a little when I was coughing.

    Anyone know any OTC stuff that's safe that I can take, or a herbal remedy of vitamins that can help speed the healing process?
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    amp up the vitamin C, vit E, calcium, magnesium and zinc
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    I saw the topic and could only think of the wonderful New Years Day I had this year...

    /shudder

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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    I drank lots of hot water with lemon and a bit of honey!

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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    yep, what skater said. try to avoid any OTC drugs during pregnancy, if you can. also try some echinacea and peppermint teas.
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    you probably also want to avoid a lot of caffiene and sugar.
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    I know you want to try not to take any OTC, but there are times when your health may make it necessary. Call your doctor or midwife for safe recommendations for either OTC or home remedies that will help. I was told I could take a small dose of benydryl and I believe in the third trimester sudafed was ok in small amounts, but it is always better to check with your md.


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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    I'm right there with ya... due in a few weeks and so grumpy... I figure a happy mama makes a happier and healthy baby, so I use meds if I need... so far I'm doing megadoses of vitC, drinking lots of decaf tea w/honey, water w/lemon, and using OTC at night. Be careful with vit A,E,D,K as they are fat soluable and stay in your body, everything else is water soluble so you pee out the excess.

    REST!

    Ok, these are safe meds (typing from the list my midwife handed me, she's VERY conservative about OTC meds).

    Cough/cold:
    Robitussin, Mucinex, Robitussin Max. strength cough, Vicks 44 cough relief, robitussin dm, vicks 44E, cough drops, vicks vaporub, AVOID PSUEDOEPHEDRINE AND PHENYLEPHRINE

    Headache:
    anacin asprin free, tylenol

    Allergy:
    Chlor=trimeton allergy tabs, alavert, claritin, tavist ND, benadryl,

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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Hi Melissa!!!! We should get together soon!!

    Anyways, I was totally against taking any OTC medicine when I was sick, but oh my was I sick!! I ended up getting a list from my OB that had all the OTC medicine that I was allowed to take while pregnant. The list did change tho when I was breast-feeding because some of the meds can dry up your milk supply.

    I took Sudafed at night to help me sleep and used saline nasal spray during the day. I also would take regular strength Tylenol during the day to help with my sinus headaches. The problem with Sudafed is after a couple of days your body seems to get used to it, so it is not as effective. Then you would have to alternate with another kind of medicine.

    My doctor told me to stay away herbal and natural stuff, because it it not approved by the FDA? She also said not to because it has not been tested on pregnant women to know the effects it would have on an unborn fetus?


    Awww I hope you feel better!! Did you see the recall on your E3 stroller?
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by lovinwaves View Post
    My doctor told me to stay away herbal and natural stuff, because it it not approved by the FDA? She also said not to because it has not been tested on pregnant women to know the effects it would have on an unborn fetus?
    wow, i am truly amazed your doctor recommended that. that's rich about the FDA. so because they don't control a substance, you are warned to stay away from it based on its "unkown safety". like a loft of the drugs on the FDA approved list are safe? i happen to work in drug research and development, and i wouldn't trust the FDA in telling me what's safe for me and my family. just read up on the artifical sweetener aspartame (nutrasweet) and how it happened to get approved way back in 1980 after years of rejection by the FDA. then you'll think twice about the FDA. lobbies, lobbies, lobbies.

    sorry for going O/T.

    despite what i said, i do think one should trust one's doctor over any comments made on an internet forum.
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Most lists given by an OB/midwife has OTC drugs on it that have been used for many, many years in pregnant women and have shown very few or more often no adverse affects. You will not find any new medications on the list and you will not find any medications that they are just not sure of.

    That being said, my midwife cautioned against herbal remedies because we just don't know. There has been no study of affects on pregnancy and most have not been used by a large population during pregnancy to show if they have any effects. I think it is one of those better safe than sorry things. There are some approved herbal remedies, like peppermint tea for nausea, and I am sure any tea that creates steam will help with stuffiness. With some of the others, we just don't know...so always consult with your doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy.


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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Yeah, I have some of the "new" Sudafed that doesn't have whatever it was in it that made them put it behind the counter? Bought it right before I was pg this summer.

    That stuff was a waste of money.

    I know that there was a good mix of vitamins to help with the healing process...just couldn't remember what they were... A & C sound familiar though. May have to make a run to the pharmacy later when DS#2 is at preschool.
    ~Mel, Ex-CPST, Triathlete & Mom of 5ReiKids + 1E!!!

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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by strollerfreak View Post
    Yeah, I have some of the "new" Sudafed that doesn't have whatever it was in it that made them put it behind the counter? Bought it right before I was pg this summer.

    That stuff was a waste of money.
    agreed! that derivative of pseudophedrine is useless. i've been told that you can ask the pharmacist for the "real" sudafed and that with discretion they can sell it to you OTC from BTC (behind the counter, lol). supposedly it's not illegal to sell but stores don't want to stock it on their shelves.
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by lovinwaves View Post
    Awww I hope you feel better!! Did you see the recall on your E3 stroller?
    No I didn't!! I'll have to go check it out...
    ~Mel, Ex-CPST, Triathlete & Mom of 5ReiKids + 1E!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skaterbabscpst View Post
    you probably also want to avoid a lot of caffiene and sugar.
    We're already a caffiene free & limited sugar intake house...have been since 2002.

    My DS#2 was very sensitive to caffeine when I was EP'ing and I've just never seen the need to go back.
    ~Mel, Ex-CPST, Triathlete & Mom of 5ReiKids + 1E!!!

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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    yeah, we limit it here too. Don't forget lots of water!
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by strollerfreak View Post
    No I didn't!! I'll have to go check it out...
    Melissa, here is the thread Ulrike started regarding the E3 recall.

    http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=9564
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Any of the "old" Sudafeds are available, just behind the counter, and alot of the time they take info down if you buy them. They track those or something because you can use the ingredients to make drugs. (I can't spell the psuedo stuff to save my life!) But you dont need an RX to get them, just ask.

    The new stuff that is on the shelves is the "PE" stuff, and useless.




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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Just wanted to add that breastmilk works wonders for a stuffy nose
    and All natural too.
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    Re: Ugh...someone help me fix my head. LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by lodonal65 View Post
    Just wanted to add that breastmilk works wonders for a stuffy nose
    and All natural too.
    Ok, just so you know how bad I'm off my rocker...

    I'm sitting here imagining how I'm supposed to get my own boob in my mouth...

    I'm KIDDING! Though if I had any on hand I wouldn't hesitate to use it, because it always worked on my kids!
    ~Mel, Ex-CPST, Triathlete & Mom of 5ReiKids + 1E!!!

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