Coughing during pregnancy is normal and can occur at any time because during pregnancy you undergo hormonal changes that can make you more sensitive to allergies, flu and other problems that can cause coughing.
What you can do when you have a cough during pregnancy is to avoid the cold, very polluted or dusty places. Pregnant woman should also drink about 2 liters of water a day and take warm teas, with honey and lemon, to calm the cough.
When your cough is long-term or is associated with other symptoms such as fever, you should seek a general practitioner to diagnose the cause and initiate appropriate treatment.
What to do to calm the cough naturally
Keeping your throat always well hydrated can be helpful in decreasing and controlling your cough. So some tips that can help relieve this discomfort are:
- Take a sip of water (room temperature);
- Take 1 tablespoon of honey;
- Leave a basin or bucket with hot water near by adding 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
One strategy that can be helpful is whenever you cough at night, hug a pillow or cushion every time you cough because it decreases the effects of coughing in the abdominal area.
In some cases, when the dry cough is persistent and you develop abdominal pain because of the coughing, which is caused due to the stretching of the abdominal muscles and repeated contractions because of the cough, the doctor may prescribe a syrup or antihistamine such as Cetirizine, to alleviate the cough.
In cases where your cough has catarrh you should not take these medications mentioned above because they decrease the cough reflex and in this case it is a reflex that is important to help eliminate the secretions in the lungs and the airways.
Some warning signs that may indicate that you need to go to the doctor are:
- Persistent cough;
- Coughing up blood;
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- Chills or shaking.
These signs and symptoms may indicate complications and the presence of viruses or bacteria that need to be treated with antibiotics or other medications. At the doctor's office, the doctor may check for signs and symptoms, listen to your lungs to see if the air is coming through the lungs, or if there is any blocked area, and may also ask for tests such as the chest x-ray to check for diseases that are causing coughing and prescribe the most appropriate treatment.
Can a Cough during pregnancy harm the baby?
Coughing in pregnancy does not harm the baby because it is not a dangerous symptom and the baby does not notice it. However, some causes of coughing can cause harm to the baby, such as illnesses like asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia, as well as taking teas, home remedies and pharmacy medication that are taken without medical knowledge.
Therefore pregnant woman should seek a doctor whenever she has a persistent cough or other respiratory diseases to start treatment with medications that do not harm the pregnancy, avoiding complications.
Severe coughing does not cause uterine contractions, nor does it displace the placenta, but it can be very uncomfortable and cause pain in the muscles of the abdomen when it becomes repetitive. Therefore, it is important to seek medical help to eliminate the cough, so that you can become more comfortable.