Is anyone else dealing with excess phlegm?? I'm looking for natural ways to keep it under control. Up until now, I've just had nasal congestion mostly at night. Now it is often in my throat at night, and sometimes I wake up choking on it and unable to breathe. Coughing it up just leads to lots of ridiculous gagging. Thoughts???
Looking forward to answers to this disgusting part of pregnancy.
Ahhhhhh- I'm allergic to BOTH garlic and ginger! What a bummer!!!
After being up half the night yet again, I did some searching online. I ended up trying some eucalyptus oil on my chest/throat. It helped enough for me to sleep without choking!
No help here either. I'm still sick (finishing week #2) and it's so frustrating! Between that in the asthma trying to breathe is insanely difficult sometimes. I had an ear infection as part of my illness and the garlic oil in my ear seemed to help a little. I'm sorry you're allergic Veganyogamomma!!!
I have had this problem big time. There is little to do, but a few things seem to keep it down:
Wash your sheets twice as often to reduce allergens - I know, not very eco-friendly, but it helps
Keep the temperature warm in your bedroom. Cold temps induce mucus a little, at least in my case.
Prop yourself up on pillows. This is hard for me since I have back/hip pain. But if I put a pillow under one hip it helps.
Vacuum and dust twice as often and remove and rugs from your room. Also vaccum the curtains.
I also find a little peppermint oil dabbed under my nose helps. Or peppermint lip balm.
I experiment with my pillows, and sometimes lean a little forward onto my body pillow. It puts a little pressure on my belly which felt weird at first, but apparently it doesn't harm the baby whereas hypoxia (lack of oxygen) does so I figure it is safe.
Remember, some of it is likely your airway musculature relaxing due to the progesterone and some of it is the congestion so figuring out good positions is important. Also, apparently pregnancy weight gain can contribute so I guess it is more incentive to keep appetite at a reasonable level.
Yours in sleeplessness,
Steam, especially with eucalyptus or other camphorus oil helps open airways. And if you think it's due to dust or mites, a smear of ointment around the nostrils helps stop you breathing them in.
Dairy, refined foods and citrus fruits all exacerbate mucous production.
Hope everyone is breathing easier today.