18 weeks pregnant and have a sinus infection

Lana - posted on 11/27/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Since many of you are already pros at being mums...do you know if there is anything I can take for a head cold or sinus infection?

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Lana - posted on 12/02/2008

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Thank you all so much. Finally feeling a little better. Doctor said to take some Robitussin...that helped. I have heard of the Netti Pot and it actually works. My MIL told me about it last year and I thought she was whack at first, but decided to try and it for sure works...just not when I get sinus infections.

Amie - posted on 11/28/2008

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Is it an infection or a sinus cold? If it's an infection your doctor should be able to give you a prescription that is safe to take during pregnancy. I remember having one with my son, it was not fun and it hurt. It cleared up fairly quickly though once I saw my doctor. If it's just a sinus cold the only thing to take safely during pregnancy is Tylenol, or the generic brands, acetaminophen, like the other mom posted. I wouldn't recommend a hot bath though, as disturbing as it sounds, you could boil your baby. It takes a lot longer for the amniotic fluid to cool back down, that is why doctors don't recommend hot shower or baths. The towel over hot water is a good one though, I used to put the vapo rub into the water as it boiled and then turn it off and let it cool for a little bit then sit at the table with it. =) Hope it helps some, being pregnant and sick is never fun as our options are severely limited.

Shannon - posted on 11/27/2008

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I dont know about any medications but have you tried the old putting your head under a towel above a bowl of hot water. Or a nice long bath with no fan on so the room gets nice and steamy. As odd as it might sound, before bed, put vaporub on the bottom of your feet, then put some socks on.

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Have you heard of netti pots? I used to always be getting sinus colds and infections. I started using one of these and I'm the healthiest I've been in my life. It's safe and natural (and cheaper than buying meds all the time). After I told some friends and family members about it they all swear by it too. It's a bit weird, but I swear it works and it's instant relief.

Shannon - posted on 11/29/2008

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My doc said that Sudafed was okay during pregnancy. I bought the one without ephedrine.

Krista - posted on 11/28/2008

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I had a sinus infection while pregnant and a doctor perscribed a nasal spray and said that is all I could use because I was pregnant and she also said I could have bought even a simple saline solution nasal spray and that would work too.

Patricia - posted on 11/28/2008

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I just got over a terrible sinus infection and I agree with Shannon. Try the bowl of hot water or perhaps a steamy hot shower. And I would recommend some nose drops or spray salt water up your nose. I know it burns like hell, but I'm 39 weeks and with a 2 year old it's better to use salt water than walk around for 3 or 4 days with a headache.

Tracy - posted on 11/28/2008

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My doc said it was ok to take any tylenol or robitussin products. Call your doctor to check if you're worried.

Ambra - posted on 11/28/2008

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As long as it is acetominaphen (spelling?) it's ok. tylonel is ok, if you're in north america or paracetemol is also ok if you're in Europe. I had a horrible cold at 13 weeks and I had to take tylonel to keep the fever down.

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