There are many effective, safe, and natural remedies for the flu during pregnancy. Here is a list of things you can keep on hand in case you become sick:
• Apple Cider Vinegar – Preferably raw, like this brand. ACV alkalinizes the body, and most illnesses can’t thrive in alkaline environments.
o Mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV into water or tea and drink 3 times a day.
o Gargle ACV to soothe a sore throat.
o Used topically or in a bath, ACV can reduce fever.
• Honey – Raw, local honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic.
• Onion – Raw onion has phytochemicals that help keep the respiratory tract open.
• Lemon – Antibacterial. Also helps alkalinize the body. Rich in vitamin C.
• Asian Mushrooms (maitake, shitake, reishi) – Antibacterial and antiviral.
• Coconut oil – Antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.
• Blueberries – High in natural aspirin, can help lower fevers and relieve aches and pains.
• Vitamins and minerals – Especially vitamin D, vitamin A from cod liver oil or liver only, vitamin C, zinc, and selenium.
• Clear, unsweetened liquids – Dehydration is more of a concern in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women, so being diligent about staying hydrated is important. Coconut water is the perfect hydrator. This natural pedialyte alternative will also boost your electrolytes.
• Homemade chicken soup – Or simply bone broth from healthy chickens.
• Warm salt water – Use as a gargle for a sore throat or with a neti pot for congestion.
• Tea – Hot liquids help relieve sore throats and congestion and help prevent dehydration.
• High quality probiotic – Supports general health.
The following herbs can be helpful for flu symptoms, but should not be used in therapeutic amounts during pregnancy. The amount normally found in food is safe and beneficial.
• Cayenne powder – Antimicrobial, analgesic, and expectorant.
• Garlic – Antiviral, antibiotic, and antiseptic.
• Ginger – Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Good for upset tummy.
• Thyme – Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and astringent. Great for respiratory infections, coughs, and upset tummy.
• Cinnamon – Antiviral, and antibiotic.
Elderberry syrup – I am including this well known natural cold and flu fighter. I know many pregnant mamas who have used with great success. However, it is a major immune booster, which means, if the newest information on pregnancy and influenza is correct (that pregnant women’s immune systems actually overreact to the flu), Elderberry might not be the best first choiCE
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