Q&A: How Does COPD Affect Pregnancy?

Treatment

Because bronchitis is usually caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help. Some home remedies can alleviate your symptoms without taking medications that may be harmful to your fetus. By getting more rest, you will support your immune system’s response to eliminate the virus. Drink plenty of fluids. Hydrate yourself with non-caffeinated fluids such as water, juices and soups. Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea, can act as diuretics and dehydrate you. Breathe warm moist air like the steam from a shower or humidifier. This can loosen the mucus and relieve your cough.

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Prevention

Being proactive about your health during your pregnancy will give your baby a healthy start in life. Stay away from people who are sick. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water can reduce your risk of catching a viral infection. If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to reduce the number of germs on your skin. Avoid all irritating substances, like cigarette smoke, paint fumes and household cleaners that produce irritating smells, as these can all aggravate the lining of your bronchi and predispose you to a viral infection.

Emphysema

Fortunately, there are a number of holistic, healthy emphysema treatments that can be used during pregnancy. Below is just a sample of the many natural ways to treat emphysema symptoms without causing difficulties with your pregnancy.

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