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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,


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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mujtaba mujtaba 7 years
hi.. well i need some advice please... i was having sinusties for the last 3 month ... last week i came to know that m pregnant as well as suffereing from chronic siniustis.. n now i am very much scared deue to this... because i cant take any medicine now ...dr given me steroid spray but my nose is fully blocked ..pls can anybody give me advice what should i do now ..... i shall be really grateful .. m 8 week pregnant..
babybhogal babybhogal 7 years
im going through a case of sinusitis right now a 11 weeks pregnant and its very painful irritating. i just want to get better but will try the saline spray, hopefully it helps as i dont want to go on antibiotics
sofi sofi 9 years
This happened to me with my second pregnancy about 4 weeks before I was due- completely miserable for two whole weeks until the doctor gave me a script for zythromax (Z-pac) 5 days of antibiotics and such a relief. Ever since then, I ALWAYS get sinus infections that need antibiotics (about 6 in the last 3 years). Yeah, I guess I was lucky and that was my only complaint during that pregnancy.
laura6567 laura6567 9 years
I've never been pregnant, but I have had chronic sinusitis. I recommend Simply Saline for a nasal spray. I use it regularly, and it works better than most kinds because it's in an aerosol can instead of just a mister. It gets up into the entire sinus passage.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Yep, LPmom. My husband, who is a pulmonologist, swears by nasal sinus rinses! He recommends them to all of his patients, and does it himself (he has chronic nasal issues) on a regular basis.
LPmom2B LPmom2B 9 years
This is EXACTLY what happened to me last week! I am 5 weeks pregnant and have always suffered from sinus infections, but this one was worse than ANY other sinus infection I've ever had. I held off on taking antibiotics and luckily I was able to get better using some home remedies. One of which is a Neti Pot, I HIGHLY recommend it. It allows you to clean out your sinuses with just salt water. It was a life saver!!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I was lucky and never got sick (that kind of sick) during pregnancy. I did have a stuffier nose than usual, but no actual sicknesses.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 9 years
I have perpetual sinus infections and they got even worse during my pregnancy - I have to say, it was miserable!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Wow, I had no idea this could happen! There are so many things about pregnancy I am learning on here lol :)
maliawahine maliawahine 9 years
My girlfriend had the same experience with her first pregnancy. She warned me about it when I got pregnant and suggested saline spray as well. So far so good!
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
never knew this!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Good thing I already had surgery on my sinuses! Maybe I can get through pregnancy without this problem.
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