Many women consider pregnancy to be the most special period of their lives, but at the same time the most troubled period with regard to the changes that occur in the body. This is true, since the body prepares itself to generate another life and, for this reason, undergoes several modifications. However, it is necessary to remember that a pregnant woman is still susceptible to external problems, such as headaches or sore throats. But does sore throat in pregnancy carry many risks? What is the right way to do the treatment? We will answer these and other questions in today’s text.
Is it normal to have a sore throat during pregnancy?
Sore throats are common at all stages of our lives. For everyone. Its causes can be the most diverse: Irritation due to overuse, intense climates such as cold or heat, very dry weather, allergy to some type of food and, of course, viruses and bacteria. However, the fact that a woman is pregnant has nothing to do with sore throats . But that does not mean that it is not a common thing.
During pregnancy it is common for a woman’s immune system to become weaker , which makes it easier for viruses and bacteria to enter. This, in turn, can cause sore throat, among several other problems that can also arise.
We can then conclude that having a sore throat during pregnancy can be considered normal, as in any other stage of life. However, the precautions to be taken need to be redoubled for the reasons just mentioned.
Is Sore Throat in Pregnancy Dangerous?
The first thing we should talk about is that there are many types and levels of sore throat, which means that there are some that are more dangerous than the others. But for a woman who is pregnant, it is clear that there is a greater concern , since she needs to have the best possible health for her pregnancy to be a success.
We can then conclude that the dangers that a sore throat in pregnancy presents are usually related to this greater fragility of the woman due to her condition. And the main concern of this has to do with the baby’s health. Therefore, we will also address this issue.
Does Neck Pain in Pregnancy Harm the Baby?
This is one of the main doubts on the subject and that is why addressing it in the text is very important. The sore throat itself does not harm the baby , but it can indicate a disease, such as the flu, for example, which in turn, can end up generating reflexes in the baby. The disease itself is not transmitted to the fetus, but some consequences can occur, such as dehydration and a deficiency in certain types of vitamins and minerals.
It is worth remembering, however, that not every sore throat in pregnancy is a sign of some disease . Often this type of pain is related to tiredness, excessive use of the voice or even psychological conditions. In such cases, the pain has nothing to do with the baby and it cannot be affected.
How to treat sore throat during pregnancy?
If you have a sore throat during pregnancy, there are some home procedures that can help to relieve these symptoms and make the pain stop. Some of the main ones are:
- Gargle with warm water, vinegar and salt
- Eating more foods with vitamin C
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and teas such as ginger
- Save your voice whenever possible
It is also possible that you use common refreshing lozenges sold at the pharmacy to relieve sore throats. However, it is important to check that there is no contraindication for those who are pregnant, since it is a medication, even if it is mild.
When to see a doctor?
A pregnant woman with a sore throat has symptoms that do not heal easily or even bother her very much, it is important to see a doctor. This is the only professional who can diagnose whether or not you have any type of disease and tell what are the steps to be taken for the treatment to be done. A visit to the doctor is also recommended so that you can calm down about the pain you feel during pregnancy and understand what is normal and what may or may not affect your baby.
There are many types of pain that a woman may experience during pregnancy such as in the lower back, breasts or groin, for example. But in addition to these most common pains caused by pregnancy, others may also end up affecting the pregnancy, albeit in a mild way. Therefore, it is always important to adopt certain habits to protect yourself from viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throat during pregnancy, in addition to adopting other types of prevention. This way, you ensure that your health is in perfect condition, which means that your baby’s health will also not be at risk.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.