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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Sinusitis During Pregnancy

Do you have a sinus infection and wonder how it's going to affect baby? We'll tell you how to treat it and how to keep you and baby healthy.

What’s the best way to treat sinusitis during pregnancy?

If your symptoms are just pregnancy-related, saline nose drops and running a humidifier at home can help you feel more comfortable. Those treatments also can help if you're sick with a sinus infection, but you'll probably have to wait it out. The exception is a bacterial infection, which will likely be accompanied by fever and possibly yellow or green mucus; for that, your doctor may prescribe a pregnancy-safe antibiotic.

Before you take any medicine, check with your doctor. Things like Sudafed and Actifed are usually fine for most pregnant women to take for a short period of time (though not all doctors recommend them), but if you have certain medical conditions, like hypertension, you should avoid them.

What can I do to prevent sinusitis during pregnancy?

Stay as healthy as you can during pregnancy by avoiding contact with people who have colds. Try to avoid environments with bad air quality (like being around smokers or polluted air). If you have allergies, make sure you’re taking care of them. You can also use a humidifier to ward against any infections.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have sinusitis?

“Do you remember that commercial where the lady’s head blows up like a balloon? That’s how I feel -- so much sinus pressure, it feels like it’s going to pop. I stayed in bed all day long to recover.”

“The sinus pain I’m having now is worse than labor with my son. But my doctor put me on Augmentin. Been on it a day and a half, and the pain is slightly better.”

“I found that a vaporizer soothed it, along with Sudafed and staying propped up.”

Are there any other resources for sinusitis?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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-- Laura Riley, MD, ob-gyn, Director of Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy

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