Rhinitis of pregnancy is very common (“stuffy nose”) and can be very annoying during the third trimester especially. There are a few things that definitely help but for me it was when this turned into a full blown sinus infection that I need to find relief and FAST. It all started out with a little cold x 1 week and then I woke up at 1 am one night with the most excruciating pain in the right side of my face. It felt like I was being punched repeatedly and I couldn’t even chew. I reached out to my Instagram family for some tips and tricks and here is what worked for me!
Neti Pot and/or Sinus Rinse // MIRACLE WORKER. I swear to you if you try ANYTHING on this blog post, this needs to be it! Without getting too graphic, this clears out EVERYTHING and makes you feel like a million dollars. I PROMISE. Use it 4 times a day! I personally only used the sinus rinse but there are many people that like to use both!
Sleep more upright // I slept with 2-3 pillows just to keep my head upright so that my nose would be able to drain rather than clogging more nastiness into my nasal passages and sinuses.
Flonase // Make sure you use the sinus rinse/neti pot before the flonase! It helps your skin to absorb the medication better and you’ll have better results!
Steam with essential oils // Boil some water and insert a few drops of Oregano, peppermint, lemon, and / or eucalytpus. Put your head over the pot and breathe deeply!
Tylenol // Taking this every 6 hours definitely helped me!
Apple Cider Vinegar // heat it up in a mug and breathe in the steam! You can also drink a little shot of it daily to help!
Compresses // Hot compress x 1 minute followed by cold compress for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times ending with the cold compress. Repeat several times throughout the day.
Natural tea // 1 bag of peppermint tea, sprig of fresh thyme, sprig of fresh oregano, sprig of fresh mint, 1t crushed ginger and 1 piece of fresh fennel
“Pure” Sudafed // sold behind the pharmacist’s counter – also be sure to check with your OB GYN to make sure that it is safe for you to use 🙂
A cool trick // Press your tongue into the roof of your mouth as hard as you can for twenty seconds while pressing the space in between your eyebrows at the same time!
PINEAPPLE // Okay so one person told me about this and I ate a bunch of it and feel better! No idea if it was this and the combination of everything else, but it’s worth a try!
Get a “Medicine Ball” from Starbucks // This was new to me and someone told me to pick it up! It’s a Venti cup with a bag of jade citrus mint tea and a bag of peach tranquility!
Humidifier/ Air purifier // This is the one we have but anything will do! Keep that humidity in the air so it’s not as dry!
HYDRATION // KEY to survival. Drink lots and lots of water!