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<p>Huge Vent Ahead:</p>
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<p>I have been sick for 10 weeks. It started as a bad cold, but I STILL have the cough, congestion and mucus. Occasionally, I take Sudafed, but my mw said the only cure is to have this baby since my immune system is down and my sinuses are really sensitive.  Anyway, my belly ACHES so so so very badly. All the coughing, clearing my throat, spitting up phlegm (sorry, tmi) and gagging are just killing my stomach muscles. Every time I do one of the above, I feel like my belly is ripping apart. I just want to cry. I hate hate HATE this!  I'm already huge and achy, but this just makes me want to claw my way out of my skin. </p>
 

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<p>Lots of vitamin D3, sodium ascorbate, zinc, raw garlic and onion and ginger, elderberry syrup.  </p>
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<p>I've been very phlegmy this whole pregnancy too, but not sick.  Some degree of that is normal.  But yours is way past that.  </p>
 

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<p>I have horrible sinuses on the regular and pregnancy can definitely compound that.  Have you tried netty potting in the shower?  This has helped me tremendously...I think the combination of the warm steam from the shower and the netty pott helping to drain away excess mucus is the key.  Also, I set up the humidifier a few weeks ago and that has helped too.  I'm not waking up stuffy anymore from dried sinuses (that are coated with extra mucus...aren't our bodies wonderfully complex!?!? <img alt="headscratch.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/headscratch.gif">  </p>
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<p>I will say that the amount of mucus involved (for me) has made me throw up in the shower but since I've acclimatized to the procedure it has been awhile...but being in the shower made clean up easy!  (GROSS!)  </p>
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<p>Good luck!  </p>
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<p>So sorry mama, how frustrating!!!  (((hug))) </p>
 

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<p>This was me with my last pregnancy.  My co-workers and I counted, and one day I sneezed 126 times within 8 hours.  I was MISERABLE.  I missed being able to take something with pseudoephedrine (the only thing that knocks out sinus infections for me once they're settled), but I did enjoy my neti pot/squeezy bottle thing, the humidifier for brief hours when I could breathe without trouble.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks everyone. I went to the chiropractor for the first time and told him about my sinuses (among other things) and he did some adjustment that's supposed to help with drainage. We'll see. I go back on Friday. I do use my neti pot and it sort of helps, but the problem seems to be mostly when I wake up in the morning, and any time I eat or drink, it doesn't matter what it is.  Well, I can drink lukewarm water with no problems, but if it's hot or cold I gunk up immediately. I feel like I'm reacting allergicly (is that a word?) to every thing. Ugh. I really hope this chiropractic stuff works. I've always been kind of skeptical, but I guess I'm desperate.</p>
 

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<p>My ex-OB (prior pregnancy) actually recommended I take Sudafed -- the kind you have to get over the pharmacy counter in most states now, not Sudafed PE -- because my blood pressure ran even lower than normal while I was pregnant and I was close to fainting whenever I stood up. So I think Sudafed is fairly safe during pregnancy if you have a good reason to take it.</p>
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<p>That said, saline drops or a neti pot are, of course, completely safe and can really help clear out the sinuses. Steam is great too -- when I'm congested, I like to boil a pot of water (even better with some aromatic herbs) and stand over it, breathing in the steam. Or you can add some pepper to your food.. chicken soup with lots of black pepper really helps.</p>
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<p>--K</p>
 
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