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how to deal with a cold while pregnant? any natural remedies or medicines that are safe?

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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Salt water: The best and safest remedy is saline, or salt water. Nasal saline or sinus rinses work in two ways. First, they rinse out the virus particles out of your nose so you can clear the infection faster. They also pull the fluid out of your swollen nasal tissues in a process called osmosis. I also recommend Pseudoephedrine and antihistamines to my patients; check with your doctor for specifics.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

Is there any natural remedies to become pregnant easier either for me or my husband?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, many: Taking vitamins may improve fertility if you are deficient. 1/3 of people can't convert Folic Acid to the active form so taking the 5-mthf form is best. Selenium & zinc are essential for sperm formation. The herb rhodiola can improve male & female fertility. Info on nutrients for fertility is at http://www.Marilynglenville.Com/womens-health-issues/infertility/ see comment for more important info:.
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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While not exactly a "natural remedy" make sure you are not hypothyroid. Ask for your Free T3 to be checked. If it is below 3.0 you might benefit from thyroid hormone. Constitutional homeopathy and acupuncture can be very helpful for fertility as well. At least 3 herbs have been proven in published studies to improve sperm count and motility: Maca, Tongkat ali & Mucuna pruriens. There is also evidence that ginseng, ashwagandha and tribulus may be helpful. Reliable standardized extracts are available. Other nutrients like zinc & L-carntine/acetly-L-carnitine can help too. See http://www.raysahelian.com/fertility.html for a summary of research. Avoid GMO foods- these impair fertility- see http://drrandybaker.com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ Working with a holistic doctor would be wise.
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