About a week ago I came down with a terrible case of bronchitis. Every pregnant lady I know tells me that you get sicker when you’re pregnant. I concur. I haven’t been that miserable in a decade, at least. What’s worse is all the cold medicines you’ve been saving since your last bout with a cold are useless. Robitussin? According to the FDA: pregnant women should only take it if the benefits outweigh the risks… and by the way we have no idea what the risks are. Tylenol? Sure. In small doses and do not under any circumstances exceed the maximum dose. Which means if your fever starts coming back around hour 3.5, you are just going to have to suffer until hour six to eight before you can get some relief again. Nyquil? No. Sorry.
As I lay in misery on the couch, wrapped in ten blankets and wheezing, I researched home remedies (and called my mother)–natural ways to combat the cold symptoms that were leaving me in agony. Here’s what I came up with… what’s your favorite natural remedy? (more…)