Coughs and Colds

Coughs and colds can occur during pregnancy and, as most are caused by viruses, it is safe to treat the symptoms. Here's a list of information to help you.

  • Rest, make sure you drink enough fluids and don't worry if you're not hungry as usual for a few days. 
  • Sipping honey and lemon in hot water or taking a Vicks inhalation can help.
  • For pain or fever you can take paracetamol, either with or without codiene (Panadol or Panadeine) at the recommended dose.
  • Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs such as Asprin, Disprin, Nurofen and Voltaren. 
  • Don't take any cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine.
  • Strepsils lozenges are considered safe to use during pregnancy. 
  • Decongestant nasal sprays such as Drixine or sine can be used for 2-3 nights to help you sleep; however, they should be used for more than 3-4 days, due to th risk of rebound nasal stuffiness and dependence. 
  • Cough mixtures containing Pholcodine are safe.

If your symptoms do not improve after 5-7 days, or if you have a very high fever, difficulty breathing, a chesty, mucousy cough or a history of other illnesses such as asthma, please see your GP. Your doctor will prescribe appropriate medication if required. Any medications prescribed by your GP for a respiratory infection, such as antibiotics, inhalers or steroids for asthma, are safe.