I was hopeful that I wouldn't catch Westley's mystery illness, but I've just started to feel that first twinge of coming down with something. The scratchy throat, the extra achiness, the things-aren't-quite-right sensation...
During non-pregnant-body months, I do the "Kill it Before it Comes" Cure, which is really just a lot of heat:
1. Make yourself a bowl of soup or mug of tea, as hot as you can stand it.
2. Run a bath, as hot as you can stand it.
3. Put on a warm hat, get in the hot bath, drink your hot soup or tea, and SWEAT.
With a person in my person, that much heat is off-limits. I was also pretty sure my newly tender (and spice-intolerant) tummy would reject my other go-to home remedy. But I will share the recipe with you nonetheless, because it is so hardcore.
Destroyer of Colds Cocktail
Blend the following:
Juice of 1 lemon
1 large clove garlic
1 chunk ginger, peeled (I use a piece about the size of my thumb)
A few dashes cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
Maple syrup, honey, agave, or other sweet stuff, to taste
Water, as needed, to help it blend
This stuff tastes pretty gnarly, but it kills sickness dead, especially if you're still in that "just feeling a little under the weather" phase. While all the ingredients are safe for pregnancy, it might not be the best choice when your stomach is squashed into a pancake and your lower esophageal sphincter is not its usual, pressure-ful self.
So what's a seven-months-pregnant lady to do to keep from getting down with the sickness? Here's what I've been up to for the past few days. It seems to be working insomuch as I haven't been feeling any sicker.
Ginger — After my nausea-ridden pregnancy with Westley, I never wanted to see ginger or anything ginger-flavored again. But it really does the trick for the beginning of a cold or flu. In fact, I find ginger is useless for nausea but fantastic for scratchy throats and runny noses. Grate some fresh ginger root into a pot of water, simmer for a while, add some sweetener if you like, and drink. It's the kinder, gentler Destroyer of Colds Cocktail.
Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar — The Internet reminded me of this one (thanks, you guys!): take 1 Tbsp Bragg's ACV in a glass of water three times a day until you feel better. It's not even unpleasant if you're used to drinking lots of...
Kombucha! — This is a little (or a lot) controversial. Is kombucha tea safe to drink during pregnancy and while breastfeeding? Some say yes, some say no. Many, including my naturopathic physician (who is also a licensed midwife), say yes, as long as you were drinking it before pregnancy. I find that a little bit of kombucha (4 fl. oz. or so) every day goes a long way to keeping me feeling healthy.
Tea — Herbal tea soothes a scratchy throat, helps with nasal congestion, and counts towards your water for the day! Red raspberry leaf, nettle, and peppermint are all good choices for pregnancy.
Chiropractic Care — The only thing on the list that's not a beverage! Chiropractic adjustments can help support the immune system by relieving physical nerve stress. Regular adjustments can also be extremely beneficial during pregnancy. I also find chiropractic care really relaxing.
* * *What else? Some people swear by extra vitamin C and vitamin D. And of course extra rest is always a good idea, if you can get it. What are your favorite pregnancy-friendly tips, tricks, and remedies for a case of the "coming down with something"s?