Natural Cold Care for Pregnancy

Getting a cold when you’re pregnant can really get you down. But did you know you have natural antiviral remedies in your pantry?
Read more on how to use these and a delicious recipe you, your spouse, and your children can drink anytime to both prevent and lessen the symptoms of a cold or flu.


Ginger is so comforting and packs a powerful punch when it comes to fever, colds, and the flu. It fights viral infections and helps with aches, pains, and digestive symptoms plus breaks up congestion. Buy fresh ginger and cut into pieces and boil for tea. Steep for 10 minutes or more. Add lemon and honey and enjoy.


Elderberry has been gaining notoriety as it has been found to be effective in treating colds and flu. It’s best used as a preventative. So, I typically make elderberry syrup every fall and winter season and take daily as well as give to my daughter. She loves the taste!

Elderberry is safe during pregnancy, but if you’re making or purchasing a syrup, be sure to note the other ingredients.


Garlic is also antiviral and antibacterial and helps to lower blood pressure. The best way to get its benefits is to add it to your meals all the time. Saute with olive oil and vegetables or make a homemade dressing with raw garlic.

Garlic Lemonade

Finely mince 2 cloves of fresh garlic and place them in a 1-quart mason jar. Fill the jar with boiling water and cover for 30 minutes. Strain out the garlic, and to the liquid add the juice of 1 whole lemon. Sweeten to taste with honey. Give warm, and offer as much as the child can drink.

For babies under 1, use maple syrup instead of honey. Do not give to babies under 6 months old. Safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Recipe from Dr. Aviva Romm.

PRO TIP: I typically mix any herbal infusions with my daughter’s milk or add some apple juice if she refuses it at first.