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#1 of 5 Old 03-03-2013, 07:15 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am about 5.5 weeks pregnant and I also have a 15 month old DD. She has never been sick before, thank goodness, but last night DP said she seemed a tiny bit congested, she didn't sleep well last night, and this morning she sneezed out a bunch of snot (clear to slightly yellow). She has had a runny nose this morning since, and I have been a little sneezy too.

I would like to know what suggestions there might be that would be safe and natural for both of us to help boost our immune systems? I really can't afford to get sick (who can, though, really) as I work 7 days a week right now and we really need the income. I also worry about everything going into my body this early in pregnancy.

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one HUGE all natural, safe for toddlers and pregnant/nursery women is Kefir. Can be find in the organic section of your grocery store or even in the dairy section! kefir is the original probiotic and it strengthens all of those germ fighting antibodies. Dated back 2000 years it is a delicious drink and can be used in smoothies, etc. It tastes a lot like a slightly more liquidy greek yogurt. I bought some kefir grains from amazon.com and started making our own and it's been a delight! We LOVE it. my almost 3 and 1 year old call it their 'special milk'. look it up, it's great for digestive health, lowering cholesterol, and strengthening that immune system!


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Sodium Ascorbate is our 'go to'. We like the Nutrabiotic brand and dose to bowel tolerance.

I hope you are both feeling better soon.

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Some probiotics proven to boost the immune system are Florastor and Epicore. Healthy vitamin D levels (D3 supplement, up to 10,000 IU per day for you/65,000 IU a week; no more than 2000 IU for her). Optizinc is a great zinc supplement that doesn't deplete iron that you could take. Both of you could do colostrum if you're not dairy free. All would be safe during pregnancy and for young ones.

But pregnancy necessarily reduces the immune system. I'd focus on prevention, particularly for you given it's hard for kids to have healthy habits. Frequent hand washing and keeping unwashed hands away from your face (nose, eyes, mouth) will prevent most colds and, given we're headed out of flu season, may be enough to keep you healthy.

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Dear Rosell, 
I hope you and your toddler are feeling better.  There are a few herbs that could be really useful in that situation. Some find Echinacea by itself to work well and it would be safe for both you and your little one. Also, here at Herb Pharm we have a Children's Winter Health Compound that contains Echinacea and some other immune supporting herbs such as Black Elderberry and Hyssop. This  formula is also safe to use while pregnant and for little ones over 12 months old. It can be fine for  babies younger than 12 months, but we feel it's best for  parents to consults with their physician first.  
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