One of the most common complaints women have during pregnancy is having a cold. If you start to feel really tired, have a runny nose and a sore throat, rest. If you can sleep in an extra hour each morning, do it! That is when the body most efficiently uses resources. A great way to rest in the afternoon or evening is to find a great book or movie and get lost in it.

Most medications can’t make a cold go away faster, but here are some extra steps you can take to ease your symptoms:

  • If you have a stuffy nose, try steam inhalation. Put a towel over your head and lean over a pot or bowl of hot water with two or three drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil in it. Breathe in and out deeply and slowly.
  • If you have a sore throat, drink hot water with lemon and honey in it. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water three times a day.
  • Increase how much vitamin C you get. Those little drink packets can really help, because they give you both fluids and minerals.