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Home remedies to combat cough with phlegm in pregnancy should only contain substances considered safe for pregnancy, such as honey, ginger, lemon or beetroot, for example, as they soothe the throat and help to the more liquid phlegm, facilitating its elimination and relieving cough.
Pharmaceutical cough medicines should be avoided as much as possible during pregnancy, however, if necessary, they should always be indicated by the obstetrician, as most medicines are not safe due to lack of scientific evidence or because they cross the placenta, which may affect the baby.
In addition to these home remedies, pregnant women should drink plenty of fluids, in addition to avoiding cold, heavily polluted or dusty places, because these factors tend to worsen the cough. Learn more about how to fight a cough during pregnancy.
1. Lemon and Ginger Tea
Lemon ginger tea is a good homemade option to relieve a cough during pregnancy, as the phenolic compounds in ginger, such as gingerol, chogaol and zingerone, have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which facilitate elimination. of phlegm and help fight cough.
In addition, the vitamin C in lemon helps to strengthen the immune system and improve the body's defenses, helping to fight infections.
- 1 g of ginger;
- 1 lemon with rind;
- 1/2 glass of water.
Cut the lemon into cubes, slice the ginger and then put all the ingredients in a pot to boil. After boiling, cover until cool, strain and drink 1 tablespoon of this tea, 2 times a day.
Although there is some controversy surrounding the use of ginger, there are no studies that prove its negative effect on pregnancy, and there are even some studies that point to its safety. Even so, the ideal is to avoid passing the dose of 1 gram of ginger root per day, for a maximum period of 4 days in a row.
This tea should not be used close to childbirth or by women with a history of miscarriage, clotting problems or who are at increased risk of bleeding. Check the list of teas that should not be used during pregnancy.
2. Beetroot syrup with honey
Beetroot syrup with honey can be used to help treat coughs, flu or colds, due to its anti-inflammatory properties of the airways and for helping to improve the immune system.
In addition, honey also helps lubricate the throat and reduce tissue irritation, relieving coughing.
This syrup should not be used by people allergic to honey, propolis or pollen.
- 1 raw beetroot;
- 2 tablespoons of honey.
Wash and cut the beets into thin slices and place in a clean, dry glass container. Add honey and mix. Let it rest for 24 hours and after that time collect the liquid part that has formed, which is the syrup. It is recommended to take 1 tablespoon of the syrup, 3 times a day until the symptoms disappear.
Beet syrup should not be used by pregnant women with gestational diabetes, because, as it contains honey for its preparation, it can increase the amount of sugar in the blood and make it difficult to control blood glucose.
3. Onion Syrup
Onion syrup helps relieve coughs due to the resins that onion releases with expectorant and antimicrobial properties, and honey, which moisturizes the throat and helps to make the phlegm more liquid, facilitating its elimination.
- 1 large onion;
Finely chop a large onion, cover with honey and heat in a covered pan over low heat for 40 minutes. Then, store the mixture in a glass bottle in the refrigerator. You can take half to a teaspoon (tea) every 15 or 30 minutes, until the cough calms down.
Because it contains honey, onion syrup should not be used by pregnant women with gestational diabetes, as it can increase the amount of sugar in the blood and make it difficult to control blood glucose.
When to go to the doctor
If the cough does not improve or relieves in about 3 days or if other symptoms such as fever, sweating and chills are present, inform the obstetrician, as they may be signs of complications, such as an infection, which may be necessary to take antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.