Try saline nose spray and standing in a steamy shower, and/or using a vaporizer/humidifier with some Vicks Vapor Rub (which is totally safe) on your chest and a bit under your nose.
Sorry you're stuffed up and HTH!
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good luck. i hope you feel better soon.
At least Benadryl helps you sleep...sigh. The saline stuff (not the nose spray, the stuff you snort into your sinuses) helped me a lot, as did menthol cough drops and hot showers. And I have a sock filled with rice that I microwave...it helps the pressure ease.
Believe me, I'm right there with you. Now that the cold is gone, my allergies have kicked in. Sigh.
You just have to take it every 4 hours is all.
ETA: Have you tried Zicam nasal swabs? I know there was some discussion a while back about an unreleased study on long-term Zicam use possibly affecting your ability to smell, but beyond that (which I've not read), it's safe during pg and it always helps me -- shortens the duration and the intensity of the cold every time. Just don't use the spray as it tastes horrible. The swabs are messy but work the best for me.
Alavert is a Category B drug, I do know that! I took one of those per day when I had my ears plugged/sinus infection. Check with your doctor of course!
Hope you feel better!
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Sudafed, and all other pill-type decongestants are on the big NO list with both my midwives and the OB's at my hospital.
It's much, much better to take a OTC *nosespray* - such as afrin- for a couple of days to keep your nose open, to prevent a sinus infection and enable yourself to sleep. Three days is really the max, and you can alternate sides that you use it on to try and get another day out of it. Of course, this is along with the saline, heat, steam, tea, hydration, all the other suggestions, etc. I'm a veteran sinus infection/allergy/awful nose person, so I have some experience here. The zincam nasal moisturizer- no zinc in it- spray gel works better to keep you moisturized throughout the night than plain saline, and you can use it as much as you want. It's a little pricey but worth it. I also do nasal lavage when I start getting a sinus infection, but that's gross advanced technique right there .
My nose stuffiness/allergies/post nasal drip is so severely bad that I do take percription Rhinochort nosespray, and it is a total lifesaver for me. That's more for severe chronic problems, though, not just for a cold. It's category B for pregancy, bless it's little heart.
Antihistamines really won't help a cold per se, but you can try and see how they work for you. Sometimes they dry you up and don't really help the nose, and make you tired and sleep when you really shouldn't because you can't breathe well. On the other hand, if you're having an *allergic* reaction to the virus you have (I get that, which is why my asthma gets much worse with colds), then it can be useful. -j
FYI, OTC nosesprays such as afrin should never be used more than a couple of days.