Have you ever heard of a “man cold”? I am sure you have. It’s the one where a man gets the sniffles and starts planning his funeral. I want you to meet the man cold’s arch nemesis, the “mom cold”. While the “man cold” preys on the weak, leaving them too frail to shower, the “mom cold” goes after the strong, and does not win.
I want to start by saying that I genuinely feel bad for every time my mom was sick when I was little. I had no idea how hard it is to be sick with a little one in the house. I used to take a sick day if I needed to. I would come home, get into my comfy clothes, and crawl into bed. Those days are long gone.
Last week, my husband fell victim to the “man cold”. Lord help us all. Then, my baby caught her own little cold. She had a little red, runny nose and a cough. My poor baby. I silently watched as the two people I love the most fought their sickness. It was quite comical. Even though my daughter is only 5 months old, she battled her cold by laughing in between sneezes. She’s such a sweetheart. She already knows how women get by when they are sick. My husband, on the other hand, didn’t smile for the entire week. Granted, he was pretty sick. Still, I laugh.
I knew it was only a matter of time before the “mom cold” got me. These things circulate throughout the house and my immune system has been compromised by lack of sleep. Regardless, I continued to take my vitamins and drink plenty of water. I made sure I was getting adequate rest. I did all I could do to prepare myself. Sure enough, I woke up one morning and there it was. My throat felt raw. My nose was stuffed but runny at the same time and my ears were itchy. I could run but I couldn’t hide.
The worst part about being sick when you have a child is that you don’t have time to be sick. The baby will still wake up to feed in the middle of the night despite the fact that you feel like you got hit by a train. You still need to entertain the baby during the day, change diapers, mix rice cereal, and soothe baby when she is upset. It’s hard to soothe when you want to be soothed and when your energy resembles that of a sloth.
The second worst part is that you are limited to what medications you can take if you are breastfeeding. I used to live off of Advil Cold and Sinus, but I can’t take that now. You can take regular Tylenol (always check with your pharmacist) but that does not help with a sore throat and runny nose. I basically lived off of my lactation tea (read more about that here) which was very soothing and helped my sinuses. My friend also provided me with a recipe for “golden tea” which I had been wanting to try for a long time, but never got around to it. I actually really liked it and I am positive that it helped me get better. Turmeric has an endless list of health benefits.
Another supplement that I truly think helped me to get better quickly is Juice Plus+. I have been taking Juice Plus+ since before I got pregnant and am rarely sick. Prior to taking my capsules every morning, my colds would last a solid week, with a cough that lasted for weeks after that. I literally had a cold for two days this time around, which is awesome for me. Juice Plus+ puts the concentrated nutrients of fruits and vegetables right into my bloodstream. I have no scientific evidence that Juice Plus+ is the reason my cold was so short-lived, but I genuinely think this is the case. Please note, I do not receive any compensation from Juice Plus+. I am simply a customer sharing my experience. However, I do encourage you to read up on it and see if it is something that you can incorporate into your diet for a healthier lifestyle 🙂 .
All in all, the “mom cold” wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Granted, I didn’t have the flu, so I didn’t feel “deathly” ill. I still had enough energy to play with my baby, to dance, smile, and laugh. Getting up in the middle of the night to tend to her was tough, but I did it. Yes, it would have been easier to stay in bed and watch hours upon hours of Netflix. Those days are a thing of the past now, and that’s okay. If anything, I am more motivated to live a healthy and balanced life. As I said before, there is no time to be sick when you are a mom. Seriously though, men couldn’t do this 😉
Do you have any cold remedies that work for you? I would love to hear them!