The reality of surviving a winter cold when pregnant (and a mummy!)

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Surviving a cold when pregnant a mummy
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This weekend, we’ve all suffered with winter colds. Hubby seemed to get over his first, and I really think it’s because he could have lemsips and decongestants. Perhaps the fact I have a cold while pregnant or the fact I was cuddled with Toddler H all Friday afternoon coupled with the fact she decided to sleep with her face right in mine, spluttering every sneeze, cough and runny nose straight in my face, didn’t help. I guess that’s mummy life though. Woohoo I hear you say!

So what have I done to easy this cold and just try to feel vaguely human while also being pregnant?

1. Fake lemsip

Hot squash, and hot lemon squash do a good impersonation of lemsip. If I needed a bit of extra ooomph for my head or stuffiness I’d have a paracetamol too.

2. Sleep

It did help being unwell at the weekend as hubby could take over and take H out. But even just putting on Hey Duggee on iplayer and curling on the sofa helped too.

3. Early nights

As soon as H was asleep we soon headed to bed ourselves, going for the sleep it off mantra. Just make sure to have a fake lemsip in bed before you dose off, it does help. Well psychologically it does.

4. Mints and throat sweets

Just make sure they don’t include decongestants!

5. Tissues by the bucket load

This is a-given even if you’re not pregnant. 

If you have a toddler who has a cold too, buy three times the amount you usually would just in preparation.

6. Hot bath/shower

You’ll just feel that bit better after! Even a one minute-the-toddler-is-about-to-open-the door-shower helps. I know this, if happened to me this morning. #mumfact

7. Films

Yep, be that parent you always said you wouldn’t, put some kiddies films on, eat chocolate and give into tantrums easier! Ok maybe not, but maybe yes!


8. A bowl of warm water

Pop a towel over your head and lean over the bowl letting the steam clear your nose. At least it feels like you’re doing something!

9. Lemon and honey drink

Lemon and honey are one of those old school mixtures everyone hears about, we’ll try them mixed in warm water. I’m not sure I make it right, but people swear by it!

10. Oranges & fruit

Dosing up on vitamin C, but not too much, I remember horrific headaches a few years ago when j had umpteen oranges, orange juice and vitamin C supplements!

11. Chocolate

Do I need to explain? It’s just needed.

12. Wet wipes

Great for a quick clean if you drop something in your hazy cold induced fog. 

Especially vital for the toddler’s new habit of wiping snot over her ENTIRE FACE. Snot eyebrows are lovely. Not.

13. Antibacterial wipes & sprays

Get rid of those nasty germs as soon as you can is my mantra! I want them GONE!


14. Good soap

We have nice moisturising soap and antibacterial. I use the antibac first then moisturising for a second wash… Last thing I want is icky dry hands and a cold.

15. A hoodie

Yep, get those comfy clothes on and just act like you don’t care!


16. Mum bun

More mummy-ness, just go with the flow, be comfy and do the bare minimum – concentrate all those efforts in getting better.

17. Panty liners

Yes, being a mummy already or pregnant means those muscles aren’t quite what they were. Apparently. This took me by HUGE surprise given I hadn’t had any experience of the ‘sneezing problem’ until this cold, this weekend, two years after giving birth. Yes, I think I’ve been lucky, but, oh the shock!! I think it must be being pregnant that’s doing it, but come on cold please disappear this is almost as bad a not being able to breathe all night! 

Actually it’s spurring me into remembering to do those pelvic floor exercises!

18. Decaf tea/hot chocolate/ coffee

Whatever you prefer, these are a must when you’re feeling rubbish. I have them all, seriously these hormones mean I haven’t a clue what I feel like drinking as I make it never mind before boiling the kettle!

19. Emergency toddler supplies

Crayons, toys, glue, random rubbish the toddler can stick on other random rubbish. Anything really. We ‘made Pom poms’ this morning. What actually happened was H had a piece if wool and waved it about a Pom Pom maker. It kept her quiet for a few minutes #mummywin

20. Calpol/paracetamol

At present paracetamol is OK during pregnancy when needed, I guess this guidance could change, so check before taking it! It definitely helps with the horrid fogginess of a cold! You also can get a fever so best to have some in in case. Similarly with kiddies Calpol is a must have (depending on guidance at the time of reading!).

21. Moisturisers & Vaseline

All that nose blowing and wiping plays havoc with my skin, and the hand washing with my hands. Moisturiser is a must have mummy essential anyway, but during winter and cold season it doesn’t leave my side. 

22. Ask a pharmacist

I always check with a pharmacist before buying anything in pregnancy, and as ingredients might change, I don’t want to list any medicines you can take, in case they change. The nhs website is useful too…


Hope this helps prepare you if you are feeling a cold coming on! If not hopefully you’ve had a giggle (at my expense) to cheer up a dreich January day,


Lynne x

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  • Reply
    January 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You poor thing. Colds while pregnant are not fun! Some great tips here. Hope you feel better soon! #bestandworst

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos
    January 25, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I have a right stinker this week too, it really is miserable, I should stop grumbling and do some of your tips! #bestandworst
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    Helen Gandy
    January 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Yes to all of these!! It sucks being poorly and pregnant without a doubt. Thanks for linking up to this weeks #bestandworst lovely!

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    Mrs Mummy Harris
    January 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I hated being pregnant when it came to having my cold last winter, I couldnt have any of my usual remedies and it sucked!!!! I feel for you I really do. Just be thankful that you dont have a big bump over the height of summer!!! thats how i got through it! #BloggerClubUK
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    January 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Argh! It’s so painful having a stinking cold when your pregs and can not use your go-to meds…..hope there are no more germs for you this Winter! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo
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    January 26, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I could have done with this list when I was pregnant. I remember moaning all the time about how rubbish I felt because I couldn’t take anything but you have managed to list lots of fantastic ideas here. I’m sure all pregnant mumso reading this will be grateful to you for sharing.


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    January 26, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I could have done with this list when I was pregnant. I remember moaning all the time about how rubbish I felt because I couldn’t take anything but you have managed to list lots of fantastic ideas here. I’m sure all pregnant mums reading this will be grateful to you for sharing.

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    five little doves
    January 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Yes!! I am literally sat here in a hoodie, with a mum bun, surrounded by snotty tissues feeling very sorry for myself!! Winter colds are the worst. Hope you’re all better soon. #coolmumclub

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    January 29, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Fab tips and now craving a hot squash. I feel like I’ve had a cold the whole winter and I’m sick of it. Love a mum bun and a hoodie day x

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    Mudpie Fridays
    January 31, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Oh no you poor thing! Love the idea of a hoodie and chocolate. I took a pregnancy multivitamin when I was pregnant and managed to avoid most of the nasties. Unfortunately the same can not be said post pregnancy! Thanks for joining us at #BloggerClubUK
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    Louise Pink Pear Bear
    February 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Oh boo to being ill! I think there is not much worse then a meds free cold. I’m glad you’re feeling better now. Thanks for popping by the #bigpinklink
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    Rachel George
    February 4, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Having a cold is bad enough, but so much worse when pregnant. Hope you avoid the nasty cold virus from here on! #KCACOLS
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    kristin mccarthy
    February 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Being sick in pregnancy is the WORST.


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    February 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Good tips! Hope you are all feeling better now. I know how you feel, I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and have a 13 month at home and we have spend the last few weeks battling one viral thing after another, so I’ve basically lived in my hoodies with my mum bun too! Lol

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    Becky Clark
    February 7, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I was pregnant during the winter yet thankfully managed to escape relatively unscathed. The odd time I did feel under the weather a nice hot cup of honey and lemon did the trick #KCACOLS
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    Crummy Mummy
    February 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve had more colds this winter than I’ve ever had and am also pregnant – typical! And I’d never experienced the sneezing problem until now either!! #KCACOLS
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    February 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Oh man!!! We just got all 6 of us through nasty colds but pregnancy sick is so much worse!!! Hope you’re on the mend! #kcacols

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    Jessicah - @thornylullaby
    February 9, 2017 at 3:14 am

    18 is my top need-to-have all year round! Throw on a hoodie and mum bun and im in my element!! Thank you for sharing. #bloggerclubUK

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    Jade The Parenting Jungle
    February 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Oh bless you I hope you are all feeling better, our office has had a cold which I brought home to my 5 year old. He hates it so much when his nose is blocked and however much we try he cant figure out how to breathe through his mouth so we spend most of our nights sitting upright with him dozing off! I am a hot toddy fan when I have a cold whisky honey and lemon. This is such a helpful list for people that are pregnant, and not! Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS we hope to see you next Sunday xx

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    Jade The Parenting Jungle
    February 10, 2017 at 11:16 am

    My apologies if you end up with two comments from me! The site went to 404 when I tried to add my first but I didn’t want to risk it if it did not make it to moderation. There are some awful colds going round at the moment its been a really bad winter for germs and viruses. I find that putting a pit of Vicks on your feet with warm socks on at night helps decongestant and have lots of hand cream on standby and lipbalm! Hoodies and fluffy blankets are a must. I hope you feel better soon! Thank you for linking to #KCACOLS we hope to see you next Sunday xx

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    February 11, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    One thing you can get is a saline spray – it helps dry up your nose. We have saline drops for Snappy. #kcacols

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    February 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Oh, poor you! Colds are annoying and irritating at the best of times, but doubly so when you’re pregnant. My wife had a particularly nasty cold during her second pregnancy at about 35 weeks which took her ages to shake off. Thankfully nothing untoward resulted. #KCACOLS

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