Getting a cold sucks no matter when in life, but while pregnant, it’s even worse. I’ve been as careful as possible to limit my exposure to those suffering, and also to take it head on when I start feeling it coming in. These things have helped!
Use essential oils
The moment I feel a cold coming on, I diffuse a few drops of oregano oil and lemon oil in my diffuser. The oregano helps fight viruses and is antibacterial, while the lemon is an awesome decongestant that also gives me energy when I’m feeling down.
Drink more water
It’s kind of gross to say out loud, but I’m going to do it anyway – our body has to produce mucus to get rid of a virus, and we can’t do that without the extra fluid intake. Because we need extra hydration when we first start feeling sick, it’s best to avoid caffeine since it can be so dehydrating.
Get extra rest
When your body is trying to fight a cold, it’s hard to devote the extra energy it needs when it’s busy focusing on daily life tasks as simple as walking or holding a conversation with someone. When you take it easy – or better yet, actually get some extra sleep – your body can focus in on the threat at hand and stop that cold in its tracks before it gets worse.
Turn on a humidifier
The dry winter air actually helps cold viruses live longer – by filling the air in your home with more moisture, you can help cut down the length of your cold. If you don’t own a humidifier yet, I’d highly suggest getting one – they’re not only great for preventing and stopping colds, they’re also SUPER amazing for your skin.
I’m all about kombucha, and any fermented food or beverage for that matter. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is chock-full of amino acids, B vitamins, and a whole lot of probiotics – all things that can help stop a cold from getting worse.
What are some things you do when you feel a cold coming on?