So what can you do when the sniffles, aches and pains, and extreme fatigue hit you like a ton of bricks? Below are some suggestions of "Dos and Don'ts" for those who have caught a bug while growing their baby.1.) Stop eating sugar, dairy and flour products immediately. These are mucus-forming foods that can contribute to greater levels of coughing or runny noses as the body creates more thick, difficult-to-expel snot. While mucus is a natural protective mechanism of the immune system, too much can just complicate matters. As well, sugar automatically depresses the function of your immune system, making recovery more difficult. It is best to just stay away until you are fully recovered, if at all! If you are really having a hard time breathing, especially at night, because of mucus buildup, consider dabbing a bit of peppermint or lavender essential oil under your nose before you sleep. The mentholation will break up mucus long enough for you to pass out.
3.) Drink plenty of fluids including broths which can re balance electrolyte levels in the body and help aid recovery. Dehydration, especially if illness is complicated by vomiting and diarrhea, can lead to serious health complications for you and your baby. Fluid intake also helps to make mucus more viscous and can help with a persistent cough by making it easier for you to expectorate.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician.