Originally Posted by pokeyAC
I use a neti pot for congestion.
Yes to the neti. I use the squeeze bottle though, not the pot. I was using it twice per day for congestion, and am now using it once per day every day. 2 reasons: First, this can prevent you from getting sick from airborn bugs because the pot/bottle rinses them from your sinuses and two, the saline solution can decrease swelling in the sinuses that is just a general symptom of pregnancy.
Originally Posted by BaileyB
My DH and DD keep giving each other different things and I have been trying to use as many natural remedies as possible. They both had 2 bouts of "Stomach Flu" and now they each have a sore throat that may or may not be strep. It just hit them today so we don't know for sure what it is. We have been doing lots and lots of honey, some garlic tincture since I already had that on hand, probiotics, lemon and honey in hot water, and the one thing that totally kicked the ass of DD's lingering "Stomach Flu" was a ginger bath. She rebounded in a few hours after not being able to keep anything down for nearly a week. It is 2 TBSP ground ginger for an adult and 1 TBSP for a child mixed in a very warm bath. Soak in it for 20 minutes and then wrap up really warm afterwards and take a nap. You can also add a sprinkle of ground ginger in a spoonful of honey to try and get it from the inside. The last thing that I tried today for DH's sore throat was gargling salt water (1/4 tsp salt in 1/4 cup hot tap water) and put vapo rub on your neck around your lymphnodes.
Edited to add: I have been keeping up with taking an emergen-c packet everyday and my prenatals and haven't been sick at all. Maybe just a stuffy nose at night sometimes.
I'm going to try this ginger bath idea! I've also found emergen-c really helpful when I am starting to feel run down. It is also a really good way to get rid of a headache!!
I have also been making sure to take vit D. daily (2400iu total) for prevention, and an extra 1000iu if I start to feel something coming on.
My naturopath told me about this trick to get rid of colds/congestion: http://www.greenhealthspot.com/2007/12/get-rid-of-your.html
I also second gargling with salt as a preventative measure against sore throats. If I do have a sore throat, I'll drink a mix of hot water, honey and lemon juice. Soothing and yummy.
For insomnia, my MW recommends 3mg of melatonin if the sleep issue is anxiety related.
I had a cold over the holiday season, and found a warm mist humidifier with Vics vaporizor stuff very helpful. The list of ingredients includes several different essential oils (lavendar and eucalyptus and something else) so you could do your own at home without having to buy the commercial product. I am sure there are good recipes online.
Oh, and for stomach bugs I really think that good 'ol flat gingerale is tough to beat to deal with nausea. Just make sure it's real ginger!