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Are there non-pharmacological ways to treat a cold if I’m pregnant?

Absolutely! In fact, these are preferable as they are risk-free to you and your developing baby.

Colds are common nuisances in pregnancy! Many women want to avoid taking unnecessary medications in pregnancy, and with a cold there are many things you can try to help your symptoms that don’t involve a prescription. These include:

  • Making sure you get adequate rest and nutrition
  • Saline nasal sprays
  • Using a humidifier
  • Salt water gargling
  • Sore throat lozenges

Of course, if you have a fever, are not improving, or feel unwell enough to keep food or liquids down or take care of yourself, be sure to let your doctor or midwife know.

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  1. I use a neti pot when I have nasal congestion and it helps so much. Is it safe to use one when you are pregnant?

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      1. Awesome! Thank you so much!

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