I have done the same thing as your daughter in law due to the same cold & lingering violent cough.... I am miserable as I am also 8 months pregnant...
I do take Tussin cough syrup which helps a ton with limiting the coughing (and is ok to take while pregnant) And I take tylenol. Another thing depending on how high or low the ribs may be wrapping them securely with a thick medical bandage wrap helps soooo much!
Regardless I do try as much as possible to stay away from heavy drugs...
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