Written by Pradeep
Cough is a very common condition which most of us contract 2-3 times a year. Cough is mostly caused by virus, hence we says it’s viral or by bacteria. Usually its not a serious issue and resolves within a few days with proper care. But coughs during pregnancy can be bothersome for many.
Since the immune system weakens during pregnancy, expecting mothers may experience frequent bouts of coughs. And this raises the question whether this virus attack may harm the baby.
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Though fetuses are largely resilient, yet a pregnant woman could be worried about cough and its effects on the baby. If you are coughing too much, you’d probably be stressed out – as coughing may take its toll physically and may be interfering with your appetite. If that is the case, and you are stressed, your body would release a hormone cortisol, which has the ability to penetrate the placenta and negatively impact the growing baby. In such a situation, it would be best to consult your gynaecologist as stress has been linked to birth defects and low birth weight.
Coughing cause the stomach muscles to move up and down, but this usually does not harm the baby. Sometimes expecting mothers may experience a few leaks due to excessive coughing. This is nothing to worry about, just a sign that you need to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles by exercising.
Now since you are two lives in one body, anything you do or eat may affect your unborn baby. So caution should be exercised while ingesting any medicine. Those medicines which you had been taking before pregnancy may not be completely safe for the baby. The first three months of pregnancy are very crucial for the development of the baby, therefore its best to consult the doctor before taking any medicines.
Below is a list of cough medicines considered to be safe during pregnancy. These are easily available at home or over the counter and effectively treat cough:
Due to growing evidence of certain drugs affecting the unborn child, some of these have been identified and must definitely be avoided. You may have been treating yourself with the medicines below, but consult the doctor before using them in pregnancy:
[Read : Aspirin During Pregnancy]
Nothing better than going natural! Naturally taming diseases ensures no side-effects and no chances of harming the baby. Read below to acquaint yourselves with a few natural remedies on combating general cough during pregnancy:
If you experience some other symptoms along with cough or the cough seems to persist and deteriorates it’s time to visit the doctor! Usually if the cough doesn’t improves in 10 days and is accompanied by following symptoms, it could raise a red flag. You should even consider seeing the doctor if coughing leads to pain in other organs of the body or interrupts sleep.
Here are some severe symptoms of cough that need medical intervenes:
Prolonged symptoms should not be ignored as they may indicate an underlying condition such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis or even tuberculosis which need proper medical attention. These conditions may affect the baby.
[Read : Pneumonia During Pregnancy]
When pregnant, your body works to sustain and nourish the little life flourishing inside you. This weakens your immune system and you are susceptible to common colds, and coughs. It is not possible to steer clear of every germ that can cause cough, yet you can try and boost your chances of not getting sick by taking the below precautions:
All in all, persistent cough should not be ignored during pregnancy. Follow the above home remedies, if the cough still persists, immediately consult the doctor. To sum up, stay stress free and hydrated during pregnancy to avoid unpleasant experiences such as coughs. Eat healthy and live healthy!