Under the Weather? Here's How to Treat a Cold or Flu During Pregnancy

Getting a cold or flu is always a downer, but it can be even harder when you're pregnant and your go-to meds are off-limits. Here's how to treat your illness safely -- and feel better fast (18 Photos)

Patty Onderko on Nov 1, 2013 at 9:59AM

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Under the Weather? Here's How to Treat a Cold or Flu During Pregnancy

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Pregnant with a Cold? 17 Ways to Feel Better Faster!

Your go-to cold remedy before pregnancy? Nonstop cold meds and Project Runway. While reality TV can still help, you do have to be careful what you take now that you're pregnant -- though there are still plenty of smart strategies you can try to get relief from cold symptoms, as well as some medications that are safe to take during pregnancy. Good thing, too, because your immunity is down now that you're knocked up. Infections (the common cold is a viral infection) are likely to lay you lower and last longer. Here's how to safely ease your symptoms and feel better fast.

Avoid Getting Sick in the First Place
You know the drill: Wash your hands well and often; get as much sleep as you can; stay away from sneezers and snifflers. But the most important thing you can do to keep yourself and your baby healthy is get a flu shot, says Marjorie Greenfield, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and author of The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book. The influenza virus can be especially serious (and in rare cases, deadly) for expectant women, she says.

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