As if the last few weeks of pregnancy don’t throw enough challenges your way – the back aches increase, your walk develops into a proper waddle, you’re HUGE and your energy is at an all-time low. Basically, everything is a struggle.
Throw a cold or the flu on top of it and it can all seem impossible.
But, with four weeks to go, that’s exactly what came my way. A dirty, stinking cold!
At first I resigned myself to the fact that there was nothing I could do or take to make me feel better or to make it go away.
But actually, there’s a lot you can do to ease the burden.
Here’s my tips (note, NOT medical advice) to make the light at the end of the tunnel a little brighter.
What’s up doc?
First up, go and see your doctor. Even though you think you can’t take anything, they’ll be able to tell you straight up if you’ve got the flu, a cold or a chest infection, and then point you in the right direction for treatment.
Give work a break
If you’ve chosen to work close up to your due date (12 days out for me!) and you get sick, DON’T go into work…especially if you work in a building with air-conditioning. It will only make you feel worse. Sick days are there for a reason, so take some time out to relax at home and recover.
Get that cough under control
My cold came with a vicious cough that persisted and persisted. I coughed so much my belly actually ached. The whole time I was thinking “this poor baby won’t know what’s going on!” and I felt like there was no relief.
Get your doctor or chemist to recommend a cough syrup that’s safe for pregnancy…it will offer some relief and it’s also a nice little sugar hit!
Make friends with Vicks
Blocked up and sinuses playing up? Turn Vicks VapoRub into your best friend. Pop some on your chest, under your nose or dissolve some in some steaming hot water, place a towel over your head and have a good steaming session. Your face will feel like it’s on fire but the relief you’ll feel is amazing.
Get them veggies into you
Resist the urge to chow down on bad food and get some veggies in instead. Even though you probably won’t even be able to taste them the nutritional value in eating healthy food will make you feel better sooner.
C Buzz x
The information provided in this post is for information purposes only and shouldn’t be interpreted as medical advice. Always speak to your medical practitioner for advice first.