A dry cough is a cough that does not produce any mucus or phlegm with coughing. It’s an irritation and tickling sensation that happens in your throat. A dry cough is usually caused by common viral infections like cold and flu. Often, allergies and irritants also cause dry cough. If you have a dry cough that does not go away then there is microbes and irritants in your air passage.
Dry cough during pregnancy is normal and common. The best news is that dry cough does not cause serious harm to the baby and mother in general. There are some rare cases which happened due to a dry cough. But, as it is said, these situations are very rare.
Causes of dry cough during pregnancy
There are many causes of dry cough during pregnancy-
- Due to pregnancy, immunity becomes weaker. Hence, mothers get affected by flu or cold
more often. They also develop allergies more frequently. This lowe immunity power can
cause dry and wet cough in pregnancy.
- Pregnant women are more prone to allergies. If they come in contact with some allergen
like pollen, spores, dust mites, chemicals(ammonia, chlorine, etc) then they may
- If the expecting mother is patient of asthma she needs to be extra careful. Asthma can
become worse with pregnancy and asthma can cause Dry cough in pregnancy. So, if
you have asthma always keep your medicine or inhaler ready.
- Air pollutants like smog, irritant gas can cause a dry cough
- Often pregnant women experience dry cough in the presence of tobacco smells. Hence,
pregnant women must quit smoking and they must also prevent others from smoking near
- Acidic contents can cause dry cough. Pregnant women suffer from acid and indigestion.
This can cause heartburn and a dry cough.
- Many people have allergic rhinitis or Hay fever. This a disease in which the mucous
membrane inside your nose becomes inflamed and causes irritation. This causes dry
Symptoms during pregnancy
- Coughing that does not produce mucus
- Blocked throat
- Wheezing cough
- Sleeping difficulties
Usually, the dry cough does not affect the baby as the placenta saves the baby. But if the cough
or dry cough does not get proper medical attention then the infection can harm the baby. Hence,
pregnant women need to be careful.
- Usually, the dry cough does not cause any complication. But if this syndrome becomes severe in
later pregnancy trimester then there can be certain complications to the mother.
- Usually, dry cough happens whenever you try to sleep. Cough can disrupt your sleep and
can make you weaker.
- During pregnancy, many women face urinary incontinence. It happens because uterus
puts excessive pressure on the bladder and you cannot control your urine. Cough can
make this worse and severe dry cough may lead to urine leakage.
- A dry cough means you do not have strong immunity [power. This means you can get
- Dry cough can cause physical and emotional stress.
- It may lead to nutritional deficiency.
If you have to experience dry cough you can ask your doctor for cough medicines. There are also
many home remedies which can cure it.