Cough Remedies During Pregnancy

A cough can be a symptom of a wide variety of infections and ailments. Treating the underlying cause is often the best course of action but measures can be taken to soothe the cough as well. During pregnancy, a woman should contact her doctor before taking any medicine even if it is an over-the-counter drug. Some cold medicines contain ingredients such as alcohol that may be harmful to the fetus, according to FamilyDoctor.org.

Drink Water

Water intake is important during pregnancy but it can also be helpful in soothing a cough. Waking up with a cough, dry mouth and sore throat may be a sign of mouth-breathing, or snoring while sleeping. Drinking a glass of water can remedy the cough fairly quickly. This remedy is also helpful for a cough that is due to mucus secretions, such as those that accompany a cold or other respiratory infection.

Other Fluids

DrSpock.com suggests sipping soup broth, juices and warm teas to ensure adequate fluid intake and soothe a cough due to an illness such as the common cold. Honey and lemon mixed into the tea can calm several symptoms of a cold by coating a sore throat and cutting mucus drainage.

Humidify the Air

Various types of coughs can be improved by adding moisture to the air. This can be done with a humidifier or by standing in a steaming shower. Running the heat in the winter can make air especially dry. When ill, it may be helpful to turn the thermostat down just a few degrees to reduce the temperature of the dry air. Dry air is more irritating to the throat and sinuses during an illness.

Throat Lozenges

Several throat lozenges, or even hard candies, can be used during pregnancy to suppress a cough. These are especially helpful for the type of cough that seems to tickle the throat. Some ingredients in cough drops such as zinc have not been proven safe or unsafe for use during pregnancy. It is best to consult a doctor to determine the safest throat lozenge to try.

Reduce Reflux

Acid reflux, or heartburn, is common during pregnancy. It can flare up at night without being recognized. Waking with a sore throat, voice hoarseness and a persistent dry cough may indicate nighttime acid reflux. MotherNature.com suggests taking an antacid before bed to relieve the morning cough. This should only be done under the advice of a medical professional. Other reflux prevention methods can be attempted in place of the medication. This includes avoiding any food or drink for several hours before bed and sleeping at an incline.

About this Author

Sarah Irene has written stacks of research articles dating back to 2000. She has consulted in a number of settings and has been a psychology instructor since 2006. Her work has been published by ParentDish. She holds a Master of Science in clinical psychology from Capella University.