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.
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
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!
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
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,