While I’ve managed to manoeuvre the highways and byways of pregnancy reasonably successfully, if I do so myself, I have found that my immune system has failed me in spectacular fashion twice, and I’ve ended up with two horrific colds. While I’m not really much of a drug taker in non-pregnant life, I do rely on the occasional night nurse, day nurse, decongestants and a proliferation of max strength strepsils to get me through a normal cold, all of which, I found were pretty much off limits, and over the course of my colds, I learned a few things about the more natural side of things:
-Showers- granted, it’s impractical if you’re well enough to go to work, but when I was poorly enough to be really laid up at home, I was taking three reasonably steamy showers a day- great for head and sinus clearing and even better when combined with minty shower gel. Although it was a bit of a faff getting undressed and wet and stuff, I always felt a lot better after a hot shower in a way that steam inhalation from a bowl just didn’t do
-Hot squash. Like a better version of lemsip (because in my eyes, lemsip is the powdery work of the devil anyway) and something you probably forgot all about when you reached double figures. If squash seems too childish, I was quite enjoying hot water with lemon squeezed in it, which I reasoned must be good for vitamin C levels
-Paracetamol- surprisingly, you’re apparently OK with paracetamol when you’re ‘with child’, and in spite of not being particularly ‘painkillery’, when my sinus pain was really really bad, I knocked back half a paracetamol to take the edge off- don’t be a martyr!
-While apparently strepsils are off the menu, your average bog standard boiled sweet isn’t and while they’re not antiseptic or anything, they feel quite soothing, particularly if you have a spoonful of honey once you’ve finished sucking- may I recommend cherry drops.
-Vitamins- Yep, pretty dull, but the powers of a ridiculous amount of apples and satsumas I’m sure made me feel better- go go vitamins!
Apart from that, I got through it with rest, crap daytime TV, a ridiculous amount of tissues and what is surely the placebo effect of heinz chicken and noodle soup