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#1 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:16 AM

I'm 28 weeks pregnant tomorrow and for the past 6 days I've been sick. It started as a sore throat on day one. I thought it was a result of me being run down from work, renos and Xmas, but seems it's not going to pass that easily.

The problem is this horrible cough I have developed. It keeps me (& DH) at night and is so persistent that my throat now feels completely raw. I saw a GP yesterday (my shared care GP is on holidays) and we have a plan for medication. (I also had a swab done for parapertussis as family members had it recently and we saw them once there were apparently past the contagious period. I've had the pertussis (whopping cough) adult booster shot but this unfortunately cannot cover parapertussis).

I'm wondering if you guys can suggest any pregnancy-friendly natural remedies to soothe my throat? So far I've been gargling salt water, having hot drinks of lemon, honey & ginger, teaspoons of honey, lemonade ice blocks, Strepsils etc. These provide relief for a short while.
Is there anything else I can be trying?
My ribs are getting so sore from the coughing, DHs sleep is disrupted by this along with his back pain, I'm exhausted and now feeling miserable.
Edited to fix iPhone typos

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 03 January 2013 - 08:19 AM.


#2 feralisles

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:26 AM

Hi there,

I had pneumonia in my second pregnancy and coughed for months - I know how you feel!  I ended up taking codeine at night for a while just so I could get some sleep (it is an excellent cough suppressant).  Panadeine or mersyndol both have codeine and the pharmacist said both are OK in pregnancy.  They worked for me, and didn't seem to do any harm.  That baby is now a teen and she's fine.

Hope you're feeling better soon OP.

#3 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

Thanks guys - I'll look into a homeopathic chemist &codeine products.

#4 Nosmas

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

The original Fishermen's Friend lozenges (in a white pack.). Break them in half if you find them too hot.

#5 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

PS lisles - I can't imagine coughing for months! A week will be more than enough for me!

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 03 January 2013 - 09:01 AM.


#6 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

Think I'm turning the corner! Thanks for your replies.




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