Last week I had my first cold in a year. This may not sound amazing, but it is when you are used to getting every darn cold that goes around. This healthy streak started when I got pregnant and lasted through the pregnancy. Before then, I would typically be sick every 1-2 months during the winter and often during the summer, and my colds were often really bad. What happened?
My theories include:
- Some cold symptoms are actually due to the immune system over-reacting, so a slightly suppressed immune system helped my body not go nuts fighting little colds.
- I have a history of being slightly anemic, and the pre-natal vitamins got my iron levels up and boosted my ability to avoid colds.
- My social life shrunk, and I spent a lot less time out and about, exposing me to fewer crowded spaces.
- I adopted overall healthier habits, paying better attention to my food and never having alcohol.
Are any of these likely, or is there some other explaination?