Chronic Coughing

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Dee - November 19

My second pregnancy I coughed almost every day from the day I found out I was pregnant. My OB referred me to a pulmonary specialist, but nothing seemed to help. Later I read some info on acid reflux that sounded very interesting. My third pregnancy I only had a little cough at the end, but I was very aggressive about taking Rolaids/Tums and Zantac to prevent acid reflux. And, like many of you, I had incontinence. I just found out I am pregnant again, and here goes the cough again. I'm making an appointment to see my doctor Monday morning. Since I didn't respond to asthma therapy, I'm hoping to try a new route. PLEASE, if you have a problem, make sure your doctor(s) look at the problem more than one way so you don't have to suffer until after delivery (about 7 weeks after for me.)

 

Rebecca - March 26

I got a cronic cough when I delivered my daughter 18 months ago. At first the doctor said it was from being on the dry oxygen, after two weeks of cronic coughing I went to another doctor who put me on antibiotics for strept. Turns out I didn't have strept and I was still coughing and choking for another 4 weeks. I finally went to a Ear-Nose-Throat Dr. He said that sometimes pregnancy, or delivery of the baby triggers a weird sinus response. I was sent home with a sinus flush kit. I used it twice a day for about a week and I was completely fine after that. Now I am 32 weeks pregnant with #2 and I am coughing and choking to the point of vomiting. The sinus flush is not working, and I am thinking that by the time I have to deliver this baby I will just be able to cough it out! ! ! I have not been able to sleep, and being in the room with me is enough to drive anyone mad because of the hacking and coughting. I am really hoping that someone will have a hormone therapy available tomorrow morning to alleviate the coughing for all of the pregnant women, and those who just had a baby. Lets review how much pain you are in after you are in after delivering a baby, and then throw in cronic coughing on top of that. It is enough to make you want to jump out of a window.

 

karen - March 27

I wrote the original question and am happy to announce that a little over a year after my baby's birth I'm finally over that stupid chronic cough. No doctor was ever able to tell me why I had it or cure it. Only time took care of it. I still think you should check with your doctor but don't panic if he/she can't help you. In fact, panic seems to make it worse.

 

PregnantAtLast - November 29

I don't have an answer, but I can relate to many of you in this discussion, and I was hoping that someone might have more insight since it's been 2 yrs since the last entry. I'm 33, 6 weeks pregnant with my first and I've had a dry cough, mostly in the evenings, for the last 3 weeks. My doctor gave me the Z-Pack (Zithromax antibiotic) 3 days ago, which I'd hope would get rid of this, but now I am wondering if it will. This appears to be related to asthma and my inhalers do help some, but I'd like to not use them. Maybe someone has more insight after 2 years?

 

sahar_mirza - December 4

I'm almost 20weeks pregnant and been suffering with a cough for the last couple of months but it has got worse over the last 2 weeks along with flu like symptoms(runny nose etc)! All the coughing is now causing a pain in my stomache area so i'm going to see my PCP today as advised by my OB/GYN. I'l let you know what they say!

 

KarinaAnn - December 21

Wow me too. I have a sore throat and my chest hurts all the time. It's not heartburn either. I've tried everything. It started around 14 weeks and now im 28 weeks and i dont think it will ever go away

 

Nic - December 28

I'm 15 weeks pregnant with twins and have been coughing day and night since the 3rd week. I have spoken to my doctor about this many times, because it gets to the stage of coughing so much, I am throwing up constantly. He has told me (and also my gyno), that it is because of my acid reflux and that it will only get worse during the 3rd trimester. I'm taking Zantac, but that never worked before, I had to go off my regular medication (Nexium) because there is not enough studies on birth defects. I'm hoping when I see my gastro specialist soon, that he will be able to give me some relief. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for any new comments and maybe some herbal remedies. I will also let you all know what my specialist says.

 

AussieNic - December 28

I'm 15 weeks pregnant with twins and have been coughing day and night since the 3rd week. I have spoken to my doctor about this many times, because it gets to the stage of coughing so much, I am throwing up constantly. He has told me (and also my gyno), that it is because of my acid reflux and that it will only get worse during the 3rd trimester. I'm taking Zantac, but that never worked before, I had to go off my regular medication (Nexium) because there is not enough studies on birth defects. I'm hoping when I see my gastro specialist soon, that he will be able to give me some relief. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for any new comments and maybe some herbal remedies. I will also let you all know what my specialist says.

 

Juliette9 - January 7

Nic/Aussie Nic thanks for your offer of relaying what your specialist has to say. I am coughing and it is disrupting sleep + vomit issues.... just past first trimester.

 

luisa_agatha - January 12

hi! I have the same problem with all the people here. I'm 21 weeks pregnant with Twins. I've been coughing since my 12 weeks of pregnancy. The doctors gave me "Prospan" an herbal cough syrup, and saline drops for the colds. My colds and cough is gone after 2 weeks of taking the syrup but my greenish Pleghm never leaves me. after a week of relief I have this sore throat and the doctor advice me to continue the syrup again and after 2 days of taking it I have this terrible cough back. I'm tired of this cough, because it usually attacks at night time and I cant have a proper sleep, I'm still working but during these times I dont have a choice but to take leaves or absences just to take a sleep in the morning. I hope that someone can help us get rid of all this colds and cough problem.

 

quackidoo - March 6

Thank GOD I found this thread! I was feeling insane! I'm three months pregnant and I've had, colds, respiratory, and sinus infections since a week before I even knew I was pregnant, all with a persistent hacking cough. Nobody ever shuts up about how much I cough (as if I don’t know). I cough until I throw up, I cough if I lay down, if I sit up, if I move too quickly, if the air changes temperature, or if a breeze comes my way. I've been on antibiotics with no change, and am taking way more meds than I would like (even though they were recommended by my Dr.) Yesterday a coworker wrote me an email to meet her in the conference room where she told me that she and my other coworkers were "concerned" (i.e. annoyed) that I coughed so much. I thanked her for her concern and a__sured her that I had, in fact, seen a Dr. We have another appointment on Monday and I'll mention it again, but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one putting up with this crud.

 

luvmymama - August 17

Man I am so glad I'm not the only one coughing around here! I have been coughing for almost a week now, worse at night when I lay down. A doctor I work with put me on a Z-pak so I was hoping it would go away, but the way everyone is talking around here, I'm afraid I might be part of the Coughing Club!

 

hope-31 - October 3

towards the end of the 1st trimester i started with the most annoying dry unproductive cough ever. now at 26weeks it just gets worse. my doctor said its pregnancy rhinitis which is common in pregnancy since your hormones and stuff dry you out. now that its fall and allergy season it has gotten worse but i use saline nose spray and sleep ith a humidifier. its not working really well but figured it may even just a little.

 

MacksMom - January 19

I started coughing my 2nd month of pregnancy. Sounded like a "smoker's cough" even though I don't smoke, productive with yellow/green phlegm. My doctor said it was due to "lush mucus membranes" during pregnancy. 5th month of pregnancy I started to also have stuffy nose. I start to cough as soon as I get in bed at night. In the morning I cough up phlegm multiple times over the course of an hour. I use a neti pot to clear the mucus from my nasal pa__sages, but the cough persists. I gave birth via C-section 6 weeks ago, and I STILL have the cough and stuffy nose. Seems to be a little drier at night, but still very productive throughout the day. One doctor said it is GERD (acid reflux) and put me on Protonix for 30 days. It did not help. Chest Xray negative. Sputum culture negative. Was on antibiotics twice during my pregnancy (for Lyme prevention) and they did not help the cough. I got a shot of a steroid the day I gave birth in order to stimulate my baby's lung development (he was delivered early), and my cough stopped for about 36 hours. But then it started back up, which was very painful while recovering from the C-section. If it is pregnancy-related, it should start to go away soon. I will keep you posted.

 

MacksMom - May 6

I'm the previous poster, and five months post partum I'm still coughing. My primary care doctor said it looks like I have allergies, so I went to an allergist and test results are suggestive of mild asthma. Asthma is brought out during pregnancy in some women. My doctor disregarded the cough during my pregnancy and I developed pre-eclampsia and my son was growth restricted, which I'm just discovering now can be caused by asthma. It all seems to stem back to lack of oxygen from pregnancy. If you are coughing, get checked for asthma, even if you never had it before. I didn't either. And it can lead to complications.

 

kstreva - September 16

On my third pregnancy and I have had this horrible cough every time. It usually starts after a basic cold, which for pregnant women is never basic but usually lasts longer (more than a week, sometimes two) and feels worse because your immune system is down. Eventually your body will kill off the virus, but since pregnancy hormones make you more congested than usual, the irritation and imflammation stick around for what seems like forever.

 

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