I'm having a c-section in four days and now just came down with a cold. how do i get rid of it?

Billie - posted on 07/04/2012 ( 25 moms have responded )

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i literally have four days to shake this cold before my baby comes and i don't want to get her sick or get any sicker because of the procedure... i'm looking for a remedy that works and will not hurt the baby. I also can't stay in bed until then because i have a 2 and a 4 year old.

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Robyn - posted on 07/06/2012

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I had a bad cold right before I had a c-section with my daughter. I told my dr., and she prescribed antibiotics. Since I was having the c-section, they told me that having antibiotics in me would take care of the cold (actually a sinus infection) and protect me, and my baby, from any other infection. I know a cold is a virus, but you may get checked to make sure it's not a sinus infection, or some other bacterial infection, that can be treated with antibiotics.

Terra - posted on 07/06/2012

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Call your doctor and reschedule for a couple of days later. It sounds like this isn't a life or death c-section but instead and elective one so it can be rescheduled if you are that sick. If you aren't even 40 weeks yet then there is very, very little chance of going into labor. If you were to go into labor there would still be plenty of time to get the c-section done. Once a cold sets in there really isn't anything you can do but relieve symptoms, boost your immune system and let it run it's course.

Billie - posted on 07/05/2012

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thank you i know the baby will be fine it was more on me getting ammonia cuz of the c- section because of the cold i wasnt going to try any over the counter stuff. i have been drowning myself in water and thinking for the most part some of it is gone.

Rebecca - posted on 07/07/2012

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When I had my C section I was ill... I had had a horrible cough and I can tell you coughing with a c section wound NOT GOOD. Had to hold a pillow to my tummy while coughing. But I didn't pass anything on to bubs I think the breast milk kept him protested. I had a 2 1/2 year old too so no time to be sick... Hope it all goes well...

Raquel - posted on 07/06/2012

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Since it's an elective c-section, delay it. You can wait until you go into labor on your own, and then go in for the surgery. Your cold will probably be gone before then, and going into labor naturally is better for the baby.

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Elizabeth - posted on 07/17/2012

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Drinking and eating things high in Vitamin C will help boost your inmune system. Also you can take some over the counter stuff. You should check with your doctor to make sure you don't have an infection. If you have like a sinus infection it wont mater what you take it wont go away.

Lauren - posted on 07/08/2012

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If it's any consolation, I got sick just as I had both my boys. Felt so grim the day of the births, but both times, after the birth I was absolutely fine. I'm not sure what the immunological reasoning would be - maybe it's the surge of antibodies produced at birth to fight infection and start healing. But when they put that precious bundle in your arms, that cold will be a distant memory. And of course, after a caesar, you'll be so doped up that even if it DID remain, you'll be feeling fine for the next few days! Let the nurses pamper you!

Catherine - posted on 07/08/2012

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Let your doctor make the call. I was on antibiotics when I was pregnant to get rid of a cold. Dr. may want to postpone the C-Section but most likely you will feel better in 4 days. Also, Sudafed is ok to take when pregnant but you should check with your Dr.

Jessica - posted on 07/07/2012

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I recommend emergen-C. You can get it at any GNC store. It is a drink mix you put in water, and completely healthy for pregnancy. I swear by it. When I get sick, I take this and within a couple of days I am better.

Will they allow the C-section to take place if you are sick?

Alexandra - posted on 07/06/2012

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i like to use vicks vaporub. It really helps me, specially at night. I just rub a little in my chest or on the clothes I am wearing.

Inga (Uttara) - posted on 07/06/2012

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There are plenty of homeopathic medicine (herb based) that you can take for cold. There are few herbs that are not suggested for pregnancy. Do little research on internet and get good herbal medicine for yourself.

Cecily - posted on 07/06/2012

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I was sick with my first csection. I won't lie, every time I coughed it hurt like hell. Cuz it causes,my abdominal muscles to flex. But I breast fed my baby and he suprisingly never for sick

Tosca - posted on 07/06/2012

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Taking vitamin C has helped me with colds. I do the vinegar water cure too when feeling ill. Adding the honey makes the mixture tolerable. 8oz water 1 Table spoon Apple Cider Vinegar with the dregs and 1 teaspoon of honey. On an empty stomach.

I would rinse/gargle with salt water and do other natural things. Breast feeding can protect the baby. That I proved with my own baby. I worked in an elementary school when I had my daughter. I got sick during the school year with colds but we were full on nursing and she avoided them. It was a blessing.

Billie - posted on 07/05/2012

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i cant i had so many complications with my first daughter that i cant deliver naturally

Bekah - posted on 07/05/2012

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Sorry about the typo in my last post - not sure where tiebreak Ted came from :-(
If you do eat or consume honey ensure it is not raw but has been pasteurized. Oil of oregano is contra-indicated during pregnancy.
Lots of clear fluids and try for rest! Good luck!

Bekah - posted on 07/05/2012

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Get the ok from your doc before taking any remedies but I took sudafed tiebreak ted throughout my pregnancy. Depending on the severity of your cold and whether you have a fever your doctor may go ahead with the section anyway but all should be fine even with a minor cold. Good luck! I am having my section in about 8 hours.

Kathleen - posted on 07/04/2012

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The only thing is you can't take Oil of Oregano when pregnant - sorry...salt water flushes in your mouth and nose - nettie pot would be a good idea.

Lori - posted on 07/04/2012

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Being sick when having your baby isn't so bad. I had the flu when I had my son (will be 3 months old on 7th). It actually is because of the flu that I had my son 6 weeks early and didn't lose him but that is another story. He was six weeks early and had to be in the NICU. The hospital just made me wash my hands a lot and wear a mask, changing it every few hours, around him.

Get lots of rest and plenty of fluids. Ask your doctor before taking any medications or home remedies just to be safe. A hot toddy minus the alcohol is a good idea as well.

Juli - posted on 07/04/2012

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Hot tea and honey work for me. Can pregnant people take alleges? That what knocks a cold out of me.

Kathleen - posted on 07/04/2012

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Oil of Oregano - 5 drops in a bit of water, 3 x per day. Cold will go away very quickly.

Tania - posted on 07/04/2012

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Get raw, local honey and take a couple tablespoons a day. Take extra vitamin C and eat plenty of fresh colorful fruits and veggies.

Stephanie - posted on 07/04/2012

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There are remedies to alleviate your symptoms but nothing but time will get rid of the cold. There aren't any OTC meds you can take, so I'd stick with fluids, plenty of rest, and maybe a humidifier and Tylenol.

Louise - posted on 07/04/2012

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There is absolutely nothing you can take whilst pregnant for a cold. All you can do is eat lots and rest plenty and have frequest steam baths, (head over a bowl of steam) to unblock your nose. Your c section will be fine, baby will be fit and well and you will be well over a cold by then.

Kaitlin - posted on 07/04/2012

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drink a ton of water and eat many healthy, frequent meals, giving your body the energy to fight it and the water to flush your system. Try mixing hot water, a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar) and a tablespoon (or more, if you like it) of local (if you can get it) honey. It can be tough to drink at first (though I am used to it, and enjoy the flavor at this point) but it really helps.
Don't try using herbal supplements, they are not encouraged for pregnant women. Before you take anything, give your doc a call on the phone, they should be able to guide you.

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