How do you treat the cold or flu when pregnant?

Okay, So i am 28 weeks pregnant and i think i have one of them.
I have really bad crackling in my ears, they hurt, i have head pressure and headaches, my throat is super sore, I have a runny/congested nose, and am exhausted. If it's the flu, is that super bad for my baby? If it is the flu, what should i do? If it is the cold, what meds could i take?

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moms1stprincess

Asked by moms1stprincess at 1:23 PM on Feb. 5, 2009 in Health

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  • if its a cold dont take meds because there is no cure for a cold so its pointless to put these drugs in your body...

    tell ur dr how you are feeling and go from there. we dont know if you have the cold or the flu.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • It's safe to take any type of Tylenol cold/flu/sinus/etc.... Other than that I would put a call into the doctor before trying anything else. Hope you feel better soon!
    KennsWifey

    Answer by KennsWifey at 1:26 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • if u want a more natural way to soothe ur throat and nose u can try saline spray for the nose and mix about a tablespoon of lemon juice with a teaspoon of honey and swallow it down- im telling u thats the best cough syrup ive ever tried! lol try it ull see how fast it works
    lovelyli217

    Answer by lovelyli217 at 1:32 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • Try taking regular Sudafed, as well as Tylenol. This cocktail was what got me through a nasty cold when I was 13 weeks. Call your doc, and just check with him/her before taking anything.
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 3:27 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • I've had a bad cold twice and both times I just made sure to eat enough and get plenty of liquids. I didn't take any medication bc no medication is deemed safe so I just waited it out!
    MrsPilat

    Answer by MrsPilat at 3:30 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • Make an appointment with your regular family doctor- they will tell you what you have and what meds are safe for you during pregnancy. You can also double check w/ your obgyn if your family doc does prescribe meds. I do not think its a good idea to take over the counter meds without first being seen by your family doctor or at the very least speaking with your obgyn. Feel better
    litstargazer

    Answer by litstargazer at 7:37 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • Thing is, I don't have a family doctor. My bf and I aren't married and my family pediatrician stopped seeing me when I was 18. My Ob did not give me her phone number, I have to call an after hours number and they aren't usually helpful. Thank you though for the sentiment!!!! :) And thanks to all you ladies who have given me the advice I need!!!
    moms1stprincess

    Answer by moms1stprincess at 8:20 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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  • If you symptoms are what you are saying they are then it sounds more like a sinus infection to me which can get nasty if not treated properly. As soon as you can get ahold of your ob during her office hours ask to get checked out. Good luck!
    hannahjoy17

    Answer by hannahjoy17 at 5:48 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • So, here is what i really have:
    I called the after hours doctor and i told him i had: Blurred vision,chills, belly cramps, earaches, throat ache, persistent headache, muscle pain, runny/congested nose. He told me to come to the l&d because he thought I might have pre-eclampsia. He did a thorough check up and ruled that out. Instead, he found out I have an upper respiratory tract infection. I have a double ear infection as well. The only thing he could give me was tylenol and told me to drink hot stuff and lots of rest. Thank you to all you wonderful ladies for your help and support!!!!!!!!! :)
    moms1stprincess

    Answer by moms1stprincess at 6:48 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • Get RAW unpasturized, unstrained honey. It's more of a white color. Put it some warm tea with lemon juice (preferably fresh) and drink 2-3 times per day. It's really good for you, works wonders and won't hurt that sweet baby.
    tlcbran

    Answer by tlcbran at 3:00 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

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