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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 11:36 AM   1
Coco Tutu
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Do colds take longer to go away when pregnant?


I am just curious. I feel like my immune system only cares about the little one in my belly and doesn't bother much about me. I have turned into a host body

Here is the cold story:
DH started feeling unwell on Friday, had a sore throat and congestion. By Saturday evening, I got sick as well. Already on Sunday he was feeling much better, but I have no improvement. He took no pills at all. Today I decided to take 2 paracetamol pastilles every 6 hours, as my midwife recommended that, when I had a similar nasty cold at 12 weeks pregnant.
I am drinking nettle tea, hot water with honey and lemon, gargling with salt water, eating clementines and drinking pomegranate juice, in an attempt to speed things up a bit.

Have you ladies noticed that the healing process takes longer when pregnant? (and I don't mean because we can't get any of the "real" drugs out there. I was never a fan of pills anyway.)



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 12:44 PM   2
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Yes I have had 2 or 3 colds caught from DD which seems to have lasted about 2 weeks (just at the tail end of one now), I think it does take longer when you are pregnant to shift them Hope you feel better soon



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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 12:57 PM   3
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Yes I have had 2 or 3 colds caught from DD which seems to have lasted about 2 weeks (just at the tail end of one now), I think it does take longer when you are pregnant to shift them Hope you feel better soon
Wow! 2 weeks! My first trimester one lasted only one week and I kind of hopped this one would go this way too, as my best friend is coming in two days from Greece to see me

But I guess with your DD to care for, it was harder for you to rest as well. Fortunately, so far I can take it easy. I hope you won't catch another one!



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 13:23 PM   4
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Absolutely! I, too, had a cold around Christmas of this year that lasted over 2 weeks. My colds usually last a couple days when not pregnant. It's horrible to be pregnant and sick! Just keep treating your symptoms and drinking lots.



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 13:29 PM   5
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Absolutely! I, too, had a cold around Christmas of this year that lasted over 2 weeks. My colds usually last a couple days when not pregnant. It's horrible to be pregnant and sick! Just keep treating your symptoms and drinking lots.
thanks for your reply twokiddos. I am sorry that you too caught a cold :/
Argh... I guess I just have to be patient with this one.



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 13:40 PM   6
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I only had one cold and it ran the same course as everyone else in town who got it. 2 bad days, and a few extra to get it completely out of our systems. Must just depend on the cold.

Hope everyone feels better soon.



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 14:15 PM   7
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I only had one cold and it ran the same course as everyone else in town who got it. 2 bad days, and a few extra to get it completely out of our systems. Must just depend on the cold.

Hope everyone feels better soon.
aaah! That gives me some hope! As I said, my first one, that had the same symptoms as this one, lasted a few days. So you are probably right and it depends on the pathogen as well.



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 14:17 PM   8
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I've had a cold-with totally congested sinuses, coughing, not able to sleep properly etc for the last 3 weeks and had similar last time around, being pregnant in the winter is a bad idea!



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 14:22 PM   9
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I've had about three colds since being pregnant (thanks to my son!) and they have taken so much longer to get rid of. The main symptoms go away but I just seem to be left with niggling things for ages like a sore throat etc. I think it's because our immune system gets severely depleted during pregnancy (happy days!)

Have you tried manuka honey and lemon? That always seems to help me. Hope you feel better soon x



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 14:28 PM   10
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I've had a cold-with totally congested sinuses, coughing, not able to sleep properly etc for the last 3 weeks and had similar last time around, being pregnant in the winter is a bad idea!
oh I am so sorry you are going through this :/



 
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