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Dry Cough

Dry cough can cause a lot of discomfort during pregnancy. Read on to learn why dry cough gets aggravated during pregnancy and home remedies for treating it.


Is the dry cough bothering you in pregnancy? Your immune system is weak at this time, making you susceptible to cold and other common illnesses. If it is a viral infection, you shall get over it by 2 weeks and if it seems to be persistent, you need to have a talk with your doctor.

Constant coughing can be disturbing in pregnancy, as it causes your stomach to sore. If you have a bad cough, it is your body's way of letting you know that you need to rest. You must consult with your doctor if you need to take medicines. He shall suggest you the right one and make sure the baby developing inside you is unharmed by the drugs.


Dry Cough during Pregnancy

Dry cough particularly becomes acute in the last stage of your pregnancy. This is the time when you find it more difficult to breathe. Understand the causes behind dry cough so that you can keep them at bay.
  • Allergies can aggravate the problem of dry cough. Pollution can make it difficult for you to breathe, resulting in cough.

  • If you suffer from asthma, you may experience breathing problems and unproductive coughs.

  • Bronchospasm refers to over-activity of the bronhioles muscles that result from allergic reaction to insect bites and foods.

  • Rhinitis also results in coughing. Nasal congestions are common all through pregnancy at times. High levels of estrogen cause the mucous membranes lining the nose to swell. This increases flow of blood and the area swells. Productive cough becomes a common problem with production of more mucus. Swelling and irritation can cause dry cough.

As you cough continuous pressure on the bladder can reduce the urine holding time and may also result in urine leakage. Persistent coughing may also interfere with your sleep during pregnancy. Thus, it is important that you notify your doctor about the discomforts you experience, so that he can suggest you the right course of treatment.


Treatment for Dry Cough during Pregnancy

Before addressing the problem yourself, you must always alert your doctor first as self-medication can be risky during pregnancy. He shall first examine your condition and then suggest the appropriate medicines. Coughing, at times also result from acidity or heartburn. In such cases, it becomes more important to address the stomach issues that are aggravating the problem of dry cough.

Even if you are opting for home remedies, you must inform your doctor. Here are some of the home remedies that can be helpful:

  • Drink plenty of water. You may add few drops of lemon in warm water to soothe your throat. You can always discuss about the use of lemon and honey in water as a home remedy.

  • Garlic candies can be helpful to soothe dry coughs. However, make sure to notify your doctor about use of cough drops.

  • Coughing can get worse when you are sleeping, so keep your head elevated.

  • If you are allergic to irritants like perfumes, dust and cleansing agents, stay away from them.

Maintaining the basic standards of hygiene, drinking plenty of water, including foods rich in Vitamin C in your diet and eating a healthy can help you keep the problems of dry cough at bay during pregnancy.

Your tummy may simply move up and down when you are coughing and it might not cause any direct harm to your baby inside. You can support your lower abdomen with your hand, in case you feel your muscles are getting strained.
However, persistent dry cough can be highly irritating when not addressed on time. Make sure to keep communicating with your doctor about your health. You must also make him aware of the symptoms you experience after the treatment.

How to prevent dry cough during pregnancy? What are the home remedies for dealing with dry cough during pregnancy? What can cause dry cough to aggravate during pregnancy? Discuss here.

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Mahi.4 years ago
is there any cough medicine that is safe during pregnancy and does not cause any harm to the baby?
 
 
 
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Ravina.4 years ago
i have chronic cough. it is causing a lot of discomfort. what should i do?
 
 
 
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Asha.7 years ago
i am 4 months pregnant and gave a cough.
 
 
 
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