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Honestly, I think whatever symptoms you have from being sick would totally fall by the wayside during labor, unless you were just deathly ill. But it depends on how intense your labor pains are. Mine overshadowed everything else, so I wouldn't have even noticed if I'd had a little cold.
I wouldn't take Airborne, but if you start feeling a cold coming on, I would take Zicam and drink lots of orange juice. There's a lot of Vitamin A in Airborne, and not in beta carotene form. I don't know about the extreme Vitamin C but I'd avoid it for the Vitamin A alone, honestly.
And if I were in your shoes, I'd start some positive affirmations and be sure to wash my hands a LOT (no antibac gunk though -- that kills off the good bacteria too). And look into Hypnobabies perhaps, to reinforce that positive mindset.
I had a stomach virus with a ton of vomiting. The vomiting and dehyrdation triggered contractions for me which couldn't be controlled even with medication. After a bunch of complications (including pulmonary edema), and 4 days, my water broke and I gave birth to my dd at 33 weeks. Fortunately by then the vomiting had stopped but I was exhausted and weak from lack of sleep and all the other stuff going on. Labor was completely miserable and despite my plan for natural childbirth ended up very quickly asking for pain medication.
So it is possible to go into labor while ill, and it can change the circumstances surrounding your birth if you are sick enough. I would tend to strongly agree with the pp that unless you are really very ill, you probably will be so focused on the labor that you won't notice the sickness.
If you do find yourself staring to get sick, find out ways that you can help prevent a secondary infection like pneumonia. Maybe there is an expectorant it would be safe to take? Increase your fluid consumption, sleep with your head elevated, use a humidifier/steamer, etc. to help get rid of congestion.
Hopefully you'll sail right through cold season without even a little bump this year and your labor will go wonderfully!
I went into labor at 39w3d with a horrible sinus infection. In the days before, the headache was so bad that I had called out sick from work because it hurt too much to even pick my head up off the pillow. I finally went to the doctor to get some abx and that night my water broke. For some reason, the second my water broke, my headache and stuffiness went away and never came back, and I gave birth to dd2 the following evening. I had only taken my second dose of abx so I know that wasn't what did it.