When you are pregnant and you get sick, there’s not a lot you can take to get you through. And when you already have kids, there’s no such thing as a sick day. Staying in bed with friend-bought chicken noodle soup and back-to-back Bravo network shows is not an option (I totally would do that – without any shame either). But over three pregnancies, I’ve discovered that home remedies and Neti pots are surprisingly effective.

When I was pregnant with Bennett I got my first ever sinus infection (and I’ve never had one since). It was brutal. I couldn’t take anything for it, so I researched natural remedies and found a lot of discussion about Neti pots. I was desperate. I bought one. The first few times I used it didn’t work out for me. I was literally about to throw it in the trash but then got the knack and ended up using it three times a day until I recovered.

Bennett has been just a little bit sick all winter and I’ve gotten really lax about keeping his germs away from the rest of us. We know he’s “very sensitive” (pediatrician’s words, because there’s no explanation for his monthly bouts of long fevers) and when he’s sick, none of us ever seem to get what he gets. So I kiss him all over his cute face because I’m invincible. This time was different. I’m sick. And because I’m pregnant, I can’t take anything for it. Nothing good anyway.

Yesterday I googled “natural sore throat remedies” and found a million lemon and honey recipes. I made my own and I have to tell you, drinking it makes me feel better. Which is huge, don’t you think? I’m going to skip the DayQuil and do this from now on even when I’m not pregnant.

It’s so easy. You just add equal parts local honey and lemon juice to hot water, add a little apple cider vinegar and slice some ginger into it. Sláinte!!

Lemon honey and cider cold remedy

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