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#1 of 7 Old 06-05-2009, 04:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have had the most painful sore throat of my life this week, bad enough to go on antibiotics. They are helping, but now my coughing is jut out of control.

It's really heavy and jarring. Do any of you know how coughing like that can affect the baby?? Maybe it's just that it's so painful to me that I can't imagine it not hurting her somehow... I don't know. I tried doing a search here but I didn't find anything.
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I'm not sure that it's "hurting" the baby, but if you are coughing so much that you are using your abdominal muscles, I'm sure baby can feel it.

I too have an awful sore throat (courtesy of Ds) and have developed a cough from it. I spoke to my midwife about it this morning since I was there for a visit anyways and she said what I have is viral and I am just increasing my fluids as much as I can and taking a little bit extra vitamin C. She told me that if it got worse to give my primary care doctor a call to have him run a strep test.

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Baby is surrounded by fluid, in your uterus, in your abdomen so she may be getting jostled, but unlikely that it is hurting her in any way.

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Ugh, I have a horrible cough right now too, it sucks. I'm not really worried about my coughing hurting the baby, it's not like I don't ever use my abs when I'm not coughing, but I have noticed that sometimes all the abdominal flexing stimulates a Braxton Hicks contraction. I've just been trying to rest as much as I can (I'm way jetlagged right now too) and have been sucking down a ton of water, ice and cough drops. I think (hope!) I'm over the worst of it now, I had a very low grade fever this morning that's gone now, which usually means I'm on the way up.

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It's not that it will hurt the baby but you could break a rib from extreme coughing (I had a terrible virus when pg with my last, and my coughing got so bad that I broke a rib). I was 38 weeks when it happened so I was worried about being able to have a hb. I found a great Chinese medicine Dr. (herbs and acupuncture) that I visited and he worked wonders.
Baby was fine.
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I have an incompetent cervix and extreme coughing caused my cervix to tear through the prophylactic cerclage I had in place at the time. I tried every over the counter thing I could get my hands on to stop the cough, both medical and homeopathic, and I took an antibiotic. The only thing that calmed my cough was Robitussin with codeine which was prescribed by my OB -- only it began working one day too late. In our case, my terrible cough caused an infant demise due to extreme prematurity.

I know many people have terrible bouts of coughing during pregnancy and do just fine, but I'm personally very sensitive to the idea. I hope it goes away very soon. Even with the best of outcomes, it's very uncomfortable and not a fun addition to pregnancy.

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Thank you all. It seems to be getting better. It did make me pee on the couch last night. So attractive!

And it does seem to be causing for BH. I have been paying special attention to DD-to-be's kicking, and she isn't kicking me as hard as she usually does, but she's definitely still doing it. I slept a lot better last night and am starting to be able to control the cough a little bit.
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