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An Uncommon Cold

Did you know that pregnant women are more likely to catch whatever is "going around" than people who aren't pregnant?  Did you also know that a cold or the flu would last longer (nearly twice as long) for a pregnant woman*?  When was the last time you had a cold or the flu and didn't take ANY over-the-counter remedies? 

Enough with the questions, already!  I have the bug.   I feel terrible.

If this were a "normal" cold/flu ("normal" meaning, "if I weren't pregnant"), I would NyQuil myself into a coma for two days and come out on the other end groggy, but breathing.   I can't do that.  I can't take any medications (save Tylenol, of course), and that includes dosing up on Zycam or going nuts with the vitamin C**.  I'm left to just DEAL with it, and try to shake this the old-fashioned way:  sleep, fluids, and crying - lots of crying and whining.  I almost forgot what it felt like to be this congested and uncomfortable.    I'm spending a lot of time soaking in the bath with Johnson & Johnson's "VaporBath" (http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/product.do?id=7  NOTE: I haven't been able to find this at my local grocery store, but stocked up at Rite-Aid just down the street), and spraying my nose with saline.  My head hurts, my nose is stuffed, my ears are plugged, my throat hurts, I have a cough, I'm not hungry but I can't taste anything anyhow, I'm hot, then I'm cold...Like you really want to read all about my complaints...

Don't worry, it hasn't been a week yet, and I have my 6-month doctor's appointment this week - so if it hasn't cleared up by then, I'll see what they say about it.    I figure it'll run it's course in good time -- it's just that my immune system took a dive when I got pregnant so that my body wouldn't reject the baby, so now someone else is using my immune system and he probably needs it more than I do. 

Usually, in the wintertime, I can feel a "bug" coming on for about a month with a scratchy throat or sniffy nose and then it will peak.  This time, I felt great until Tuesday night.  I was so proud that I had missed all of the other bugs going around at work.  But, I over-extended myself and put in a 15-hour day working the Deal or No Deal auditions (in other words, I spent more than my fair-share of time with thousands of strangers talking too close and shaking my hands), and when I got home I couldn't eat the lovely dinner my husband had prepared for me.  I went to bed and woke up with a head and chest full of yuck.    So much for "out-foxing" the flu.   The next day, I brought a can of Lysol into work so I could protect the people around me.   

The one bonus to being sick is that I get the "Big Chair" in the living room and more often than not, control of the remote.  We've watched quite a few episodes of "Bringing Home Baby" on TLC (http://tlc.discovery.com/guides/family/tlc-baby-block/bringing-home-baby/bringing-home-baby.html).  We also caught the first episode of the final season of Battlestar Galactica...not necessarily baby-related, but still pretty darn cool.   But I would absolutely give up the "Big Chair" if it meant all of this stuffy, grossness would go away...

For all those other pregnant, sick BSG fans out there:  "So say we all..."

*http://www.drspock.com/article/0,1510,5985,00.html, http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/188_10596.asp

**http://www.babycenter.com/406_is-it-safe-to-take-vitamin-c-during-pregnancy_1246889.bc (one of two expert answers -- this one corroborates the information in my "What to Expect..." and "Great Expectations" books)

Ronald J. Ruggiero, professor of clinical pharmacy and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, University of California, San Francisco

"Vitamin C is O-U-T out. We don't know the effects of high doses, so it's better not to take it at all. Too much vitamin C will just cause you more acid reflux or heartburn. There are also published reports that babies born to women who took high doses (over 500 milligrams a day) went into withdrawal after birth and developed scurvy."

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