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Suggest remedy for severe cough during pregnancy

hi, im 34 weeks pregnant with twins and have a really terrible cough. it feels tight and wheezy and is non productive but i keep coughing violently, sometimes until i am almost sick. my ribs ache and my stomach muscles have been strained. can i take anything other than honey and lemon syrups/hot drinks and paracetamol? its doing my head in and severely interrupting my sleep!
Mon, 2 Nov 2015
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Hi,

Please see a chest physician immediately. You can definitely take other medications which will be more helpful and help with the cough. At 34 weeks your babies are quite mature and you need not worry about affecting them with the side effects of the medications.
You will require a good anti-tussive cough syrup, and also probably antibiotics, especially if you have been having the cough for long.
Do not worry about these affecting your baby ,as maternal health is very important for babies health and development. Only if you are fit can the delivery of the babies be uneventful, if you don't recover well, then it may complicate delivery.
Also, if at all the chest physician requests an X-ray, do not hesitate to get it done ,with an abdominal shield .Proper diagnosis will help in recovery.

Hope this helps.
Regards.
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