A sore throat during pregnancy can be treated with simple, home-made measures like gargling with warm water and salt, drinking juice or pomegranate tea or even eating more foods with vitamin C such as orange, mandarin and lemon, which may help increase the body's defenses and consequently to fight inflammation or infection faster.
The use of anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics in pregnancy should only be done under the indication and prescription of your obstetrician because of the risk of causing malformations in the fetus or problems in its growth and development. Therefore, even the medication that can be used for a sore throat during pregnancy, like paracetamol, or antibiotics such as Amoxicillin or Cephalexin, for example, should only be used under medical advice.
What to do to treat sore throat naturally
A sore throat in pregnancy can be treated with home-made remedies that can help relieve pain and inflammation of the throat and include:
- Drink up to 3 cups of ginger tea with lemon a day: this tea has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and increases the body's natural defenses. To make the tea, simply put 1 peel of 4 cm of a lemon and 1 cm of ginger in 1 cup of boiling water, let it cool down and drink up to 3 cups of tea a day;
- Take 2 tablespoons of honey with 10 drops of the propolis extract a day: it can help to disinfect the throat and treat pain and inflammation, as well as strengthen your immune system;
- Apply 3 to 4 times a day propolis spray with honey or a propolis, honey and pomegranate spray: these sprays act as natural antibiotics and can help relieve pain and inflammation of the throat;
- Drink the pomegranate juice with honey 2 times a day: the pomegranate has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action, helping to disinfect the throat and reduce inflammation and the honey lubricates the throat, reducing pain. To make this juice, you should beat in the blender 1 pomegranate and 1 glass of water, then add 1 teaspoon of honey, stirring well;
- Drink up to 3 cups of pomegranate tea a day: this tea can help to treat throat inflammation and eliminate microorganisms that may be causing inflammation. To make this tea, simply add 20 g of the peel or the flowers and pomegranate leaves in 1 cup of boiling water;
- Eat more vitamin C-rich foods like strawberries, oranges or broccoli: they increase the body's defenses, helping to fight inflammation more quickly. See others foods rich in Vitamin C
- Suck a square of chocolate and eat mint leaves, as indicated by our nutritionist Tatiana Zanin.
Normally, with these home remedies a sore throat improves in about 3 days. However, if the symptoms persist, it is important to see your obstetrician to see if there is pus in your throat and if so, they can indicate the use of antibiotics, but even if you have to use this type of medication, the natural remedies recommended above can be used to complement clinical treatment.