Generally, I think most of the yuckiest parts of pregnancy happen immediately after the baby comes out (afterbirth, vernix [a.k.a. “cheese”], meconium…). But I do think I have a contender for grossest pregnancy therapy. It is not for the faint of heart, so be forewarned. But it is gender inclusive — so guys, this is for you too! unless you’re squeamish. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to…
SinuCleanse! Also known traditionally as a neti pot, this lovely system flushes all the mucus out of your nose and sinuses with a simple saline solution. The result: great heaps of snot blown out all at once. And you can breathe once more when you’re all done! My friend Jane says that she does a modified version with her babies by spraying baby saline solution up into one nostril until it comes out the other. The babies don’t love the process, but it seems to help.
Photo: This little chiquita makes us feel quite a bit happier than nasal irrigation does.
As you may have guessed by now, I have a bit of a cold, one that I’m worried is turning into a sinus infection. I’ve got an appointment with my midwife on Friday, and if I’m not better by then I may ask for antibiotics. But in the meantime, I’m doing my best to flush out my system by drinking lots of fluids and, yes, irrigating my nasal passages. Yucky, but boy, does it ever help. And if I can avoid taking extra drugs while pregnant, by golly I’m going to do it.
Incidentally, this system is also useful for clearing out the sinuses after a particularly vigorous bout of vomiting. Yuck again, but “better out than in,” as they say. As Jon says, their ad slogan should be, “Sign me up for Sinucleanse! It’s the enema for your nose!”
So let’s hear it for the time-honored therapy of nasal irrigation! It may be a bit messy, but isn’t that just part of life with babies?