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I had bronchitis for the entire 8th month of my first pregnancy, because I just never sought treatment (what can they do, I'm pregnant, right?). BAD idea.
When I did break down and go in, they gave me an albuterol nebulizer treatment and then an inhaler. They also gave me some codeine syrup, which the MWs said to try for 24 hours, but if it didn't help, stop. (The only pregnancy-specific warning on the albuterol was that if it was in your system when you go into labor, it could be a problem with blood clotting.)
They also suggested inhaling steam... boil several cups of water, pour into some sort of basin (like a dishpan), and toss a towel over your head and the basin. Stay there for 10 minutes. This, more than ANYTHING, really helped... and now that I know to do this when I get colds, I haven't had bronchitis since! Now I also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.
Sleeping inclined also helped, as did Robitussin Honey Cough Lemon Tea flavor lozenges.