A sore throat isn't something you want to deal with during pregnancy, especially if you're uncomfortable to begin with. It's best to avoid medications unless your sore throat is severe and the medications are on the list of those safe for use during pregnancy. You can treat mild sore throats at home with natural remedies like tea and soothing gargles. Be sure to have your sore throat evaluated by a doctor if it persists. You may have a serious infection, like strep, which could affect your baby.
Humidifiers and Steam
Add a humidifier to your bedroom or living room if you suffer from chronic sore or dry throats. The moist air helps keep your mucous membranes moist, according to The Mayo Clinic, which can reduce and prevent symptoms. Breathing steam can have a similar effect, if you do not have a humidifier. Boil a large pot of water on the stove until it begins to produce steam. Breathe in the steam or let the pot continue to boil on the stove. The boiling water and steam will add moisture to the air.
Make yourself a cup of tea and add honey and lemon. Lemon, according to the Mayo Clinic, helps break up the mucous that's contributing to your sore throat. Honey follows behind and coats your irritated throat, helping you to cough less. Honey and lemon together can ease your pain temporarily, but it can be drunk several times per day if your symptoms persist. Try chamomile tea, which helps soothe irritation, according to "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies."
Salt Water Gargle
Mix one tablespoon of salt into a pint of warm water and gargle it several times per day to hydrate membranes in the throat and soothe irritation. According to Dr. Thomas Gossel, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Ohio Northern University and contributor to "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies," salt water that closely matches our body's own saline content is a useful remedy for sore throats.
Increase your fluid intake at the first sign of a cold or sore throat. Fluids help thin mucous, flush toxins and hydrate membranes. According to the Mayo Clinic, mucous production leeches additional fluids from your body that need to be replaced.
Suck on hard candy or cough drops, says the "Doctor's Book of Home Remedies." Sucking on these items doesn't work by helping your throat, but rather, by increasing the saliva in your mouth. This increased saliva helps your throat by cleansing it.