How to Treat a Sore Throat During Pregnancy

Having a sore throat during pregnancy can cause a lot of excessive stress on the body. For women who are pregnant, the body is already in a constant state of change and discomfort, and the addition of a sore throat during this time will only make mom-to-be’s situation even more distressing. The main problem with having a sore throat during pregnancy is that most prescription and over the counter remedies are considered unsafe for the developing baby, or there simply hasn’t been enough research conducted to determine whether these medications will have an effect on the unborn baby. When it comes to pregnancy, most maladies are treated using all natural remedies that are not harmful to the baby. If you are dealing with this dilemma right now, then you may be interested in the following list of pregnancy-friendly remedies for a sore throat.

Hot Tea with Lemon and Honey

Hot tea is a great way to soothe the irritation of a raw and sore throat during pregnancy. Tea not only adds moisture to the tissues in your throat but it also has a calming effect and contains plenty of antioxidants that your body will no doubt need plenty of during pregnancy. A healthy squirt of lemon juice in your tea cup will not only add a nice, refreshing zing of flavor but it will also help to break up any excess mucous that may be contributing to your cough and/or soreness. Honey, both a natural sweetener and flavor additive, is another great addition to a cup of hot tea because it will soothe and coat your throat, temporarily protecting it from further irritation and dryness. Try to stick to traditional teas, such as black or green tea, as some herbal teas may not be considered safe for pregnant women.

Saltwater Gargle

Sometimes a sore throat during pregnancy can be aided by a cleansing gargle. A nice saltwater gargle can go a long way in reducing the swelling and itching sensation that contributes to your discomfort. This gargle can also you work up any extra mucous in your throat. You can create your own saltwater gargle by bringing eight ounces of water to a boil. Boiling the water will purify the tap water and will also make the salt dissolve faster. Pour about a quarter to one half teaspoon of salt into the warm water and stir until it is dissolved. Gargle with the liquid once the water has cooled enough that you can comfortably do so. Repeat as necessary throughout the day and shortly before bedtime.

Elevated Sleeping Position

For a lot of women, a sore throat during pregnancy can be worsened at night or during the frequent napping spells that most moms-to-be need in order to top up their energy. As you lie down all of the mucous in your throat can be allowed to settle and irritate your throat, causing frequent throat-clearing or coughing while you sleep. An easy way to remedy the problem of mucous buildup while you sleep is to elevate your upper body. If you prop a few pillows behind your upper body so that your shoulders, neck, and head are elevated, then this position will allow the mucous to drain downwards and will help cut down on irritation in the tissues of your throat. This is also a great way to relieve heartburn, which is a very common issue in pregnancy.


The weather and the climate that you’re in could have a lot to do with a sore throat during pregnancy. When the air becomes dry the mucous in your throat and chest can become sticky and cling to the tissues in your throat which can result in soreness and an unproductive cough. This is especially common during the winter when central heating systems burn out the moisture in the air.

You may find that a steamy shower helps to temporarily loosen the feeling of congestion and adds a bit of moisture to your parched throat. –But you don’t have to have a shower in order to find some comfort. There are plenty of things that you can do outside of the shower to use moist heat and air to soothe your sore throat. For instance, many women find relief by soaking a towel in warm water. The towel may be placed on your chest or even placed over the back of your head to create a tent-like structure around your face. The effect is similar to what you would expect from a sauna, only this way you won’t run the risk of overheating your body and possibly affecting the baby.

Another option is to invest in an electric humidifier. Humidifiers come in a variety of sizes and options, with the two basic options being cool mist and hot mist. This refers to the temperature of the moisture that is thrown out into the air. Cool mist humidifiers are ideal for the summer when you don’t want any additional heat thrown out into the air. Hot mist humidifiers, on the other hand, are excellent for colder seasons and for individuals suffering from a cold or flu, as the heat can help loosen up stubborn, sticky mucous. Use the humidifier while you sleep or keep it in the room that you frequent the most during the day. Your throat should be feeling better in no time!