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Sinusitis During Pregnancy

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me: Sinusitis


In an effort to be the healthiest I'd been in my life, I took prenatal vitamins, ate well and exercised while pregnant.

Unfortunately, none of it stopped me from developing a terrible case of sinusitis. To see what happened, read more.

After sniffling and sneezing for a few days, I assumed I had a cold. It quickly turned into a sinus infection leaving me miserable. Since I never had morning sickness, I figured it was my payback. After trying to fight the infection with tea, honey and other homeopathic remedies, I finally resorted to good old antibiotics to rid my life of the gunk.

After seven days of meds and worrying about the effect it would have on my unborn child, I felt a bit better. About a week later, the "cold" was back with a vengeance. I slept in a separate room from my spouse, surrounded myself with tissues, nasal spray, cough drops, orange juice, Vick's VapoRub and a humidifier. Then it was on to another round of antibiotics. As a result, I missed one of my best friend's weddings.

As an expectant woman, I was more susceptible to the nasal infection as Dr. Sears states:

The mucus membranes in the nasal passages of the sinuses often swell and become congested during pregnancy, probably due to the same hormones that cause vaginal membranes to become congested. Some women feel they have a persistent "cold" or sniffles throughout pregnancy.

Lesson learned: Start using saline spray at the first sign of a cold. It saved me from jumping onto the antibiotic wagon since that last incident.
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