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What can be done to treat wheezing, cough and back pain during pregnancy?


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Published At November 13, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am in my 16th week of pregnancy. I am currently facing a combination of symptoms that include wheezing, severe coughing, and back pain. I have also been experiencing urine leakage when coughing. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern.

Wheezing, severe coughing, and back pain can be caused by various factors, including respiratory infections, allergies, or even the changing hormonal conditions during pregnancy. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect the respiratory system, leading to symptoms such as increased mucous production, congestion, or even exacerbation of pre-existing conditions like asthma. Regarding urine leakage while coughing, this is a common symptom during pregnancy due to the pressure on the pelvic floor muscles. It is known as stress urinary incontinence.

I would suggest you the following.

  1. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids like water, warm herbal teas, or clear broths to help keep your throat moist and thin out mucus.
  2. Use saline nasal spray: If your cough is related to nasal congestion or post-nasal drip, using saline nasal spray or rinses can help alleviate congestion and reduce coughing.
  3. Elevate your head while sleeping: Prop yourself up with pillows to keep your head elevated while sleeping. This can help minimize postnasal drip and reduce coughing at night.
  4. Avoid irritants: Avoid exposure to smoke, strong perfumes, cleaning products with strong fumes, and other irritants that can trigger or worsen your cough.
  5. Gargle with saltwater: Mixing half a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargling can soothe your throat and reduce irritation.
  6. Use a humidifier: Dry air can aggravate coughing. Using a humidifier in your bedroom can add moisture to the air and help ease your cough.
  7. Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands frequently to avoid catching or spreading infections that can cause or worsen coughs.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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