Expectorant remedy for pregnancy: 1, 2, and 3 trimester, syrups and herbs
Which expectorants can be used during pregnancy?
More than 75% of pregnant women experience complications in the form of cough after acute respiratory illness. Untimely and incorrect therapy can cause many complications. But the process of treatment of cough in pregnant women is quite difficult task, since most pharmaceutical products are not allowed in a given period of time.
Every expectant mother should know which expectorants can be during pregnancy, what methods of treatment enable a safe recovery.
What is a cough
A weakened immune system during pregnancy offers rise to inflammatory processes in the oral mucosa. Pathogens contribute to the increase in «secretory fluid» in the lungs and reducing the activity of cells of the ciliated epithelium.
The result produced by the bronchial secretion is increased in volume, and its progress toward the throat slows down. Mucus accumulates in the bronchi, which becomes a favorable environment for the breeding of pathological organisms. The body itself can not get rid of mucus and «calls for help» cough.
For reference! The ciliated epithelium is responsible for the promotion of bronchial mucus. Daily in the bronchi is formed of secretory fluid, which protects them from pathogenic microorganisms and microparticles of dust.
How dangerous is cough during pregnancy
It is not necessary to treat the cough as harmless phenomenon and let treatment go. Neglect can cause the development of many pathological processes, including:
- inflammation of the lungs. Therapeutic treatment of a disease implies the presence of a group of bactericidal drugs. Antibiotic therapy in early pregnancy may cause anagenez congenital anomalies, the later – to provoke a premature labor;
- the development of defects in a child can cause infection of the bacterial type causing intrauterine infection of the fetus;
- frequent coughing spells increase the tone of the uterus, which poses a threat of spontaneous abortion;
- at low location of the placenta, coughing increases the load on the latter. Intense, constant pressure on the placenta and can cause placental abruption.
Possible options for the treatment of cough
Expectorant cough during pregnancy requires exposure to safe medicines. Drugs – mucolytics, with a pronounced expectorant effect is completely excluded from the therapeutic scheme in the period of carrying a child due to the high risk of possible complications.
Consultation with your doctor will help to select optimal therapy. After examining the individual characteristics of the patient, the specialist will determine what you can expectorant during pregnancy. In practice a choice is made in favor of medicinal products, which contain ingredients of plant origin.
Important! Throughout pregnancy it is strictly forbidden to use drugs that affect respiratory center neurons of the brain («Codeine» and means with the same composition). Treatment with these medicines may cause severe poisoning of the fetus active ingredients.
Regardless of gestational period pregnancy specialist chooses the method of treatment with minimal impact on the fetus. A positive result may be achieved with combination therapy, including:
- Pharmacological products.
The drugs acceptable for treatment of cough in pregnant women do not always act quickly, but they are quite safe and effective.
Among allowed expectorants during pregnancy in the 1st trimester is to provide:
- syrup «Gerbion» based on the extract of plantain. Active ingredients of the drug increases the release of mucus and reduce its viscosity, reduced bouts of cough;
- syrup, licorice extract, has a pronounced expectorant, antispasmodic, immunostimulatory, shielding effect. Quite effective in the treatment of bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchial asthma;
- the combined drug «Doctor». Excellent antitussive agent, is effective at lingering, annoying cough syndrome, promotes liquefaction of sputum is thick;
- «Sinupret», antiviral and immunomodulatory agents. Helps to cope with infections, stimulates productive cough (the sputum).
In the period from the 13th to the 27th week (2 trimester) permits the use of mucolytic drugs in intensive cough syndrome. Among the relatively safe pharmacological products doctors prefer «Mukaltin», the active ingredient of which is a perennial herb marshmallow.
3rd trimester is characterized by the full maturity of the child, therefore, can be prescribed medicines of almost all pharmaceutical groups. Priority funds remain drugs with a natural composition.
Biological and synthetic medications may be administered only when the risk to the health of the mother outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.
Important! Medicines with herbal composition should be administered only by a doctor and taken with caution because of the increased likelihood of allergic reactions in pregnant women.
Treatment folk methods
Traditional medicine is often used as an alternative method of treatment of cough during pregnancy. If you choose this method, be sure to understand what folk remedies are effectively cope with cough syndrome, but the time it would take a lot more than the therapy of pharmacological products.
Absolute difference of folk healing is absolute security for the child. Effective folk expectorant for pregnancy, which is to provide a warm drink plenty of liquids.
The choices abound. Depending on the preferences of the pregnant woman and the recommendations of the expert you can drink tea with lemon or honey, milk with butter and bee products, tea, etc.
The positive dynamics of treatment can be achieved by using steam inhalation with essential oils. Contribute to liquefaction of sputum esters of eucalyptus oil, thyme or thyme.
To prepare the water bath, you must take a container of water, brought to a boil (1 l) and dissolve it in few drops of essential oil. The duration of treatment should not exceed ten minutes.
Important! At elevated body temperature treatment by inhalation is prohibited.
You can use expectorant herbs to making decoctions. Pharmacies are implemented as a multicomponent drug charges, and certain types of herbs. During pregnancy is prefer plantain, chamomile, Linden, sage.
To choose the right expectorants to help the doctor. Only in this case you can count on effective and safe treatment. Exact observance of instructions and dosing will speed up the process of recovery, does not affect the intrauterine development of the baby.