Flu When Pregnant
Let’s start by saying that if you are not feeling well, see your doctor. If you think you have the flu when pregnant then you should always consult your doctor for advice.
When you are pregnant, your immune system is naturally suppressed. You will become more susceptible to catching a cold or the flu when pregnant.
If you already have a child and send them to day care, you will be well aware of just how often they bring colds back with them to home.
Germs can be spread when you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
One of the main dangers of catching the flu when pregnant is it progressing to where you may get a secondary infection such as pneumonia. In some cases pregnant women are more likely to be admitted to hospital if this is the case.
Always seek medical Advice if you have the flu during pregnancy!
If you are pregnant, are experiencing the flu then you should book in a visit to you doctor as soon as possible to seek medical advice. Your doctor can also advise you on which medications are safe to use during pregnancy.
In saying that, many pregnant women suffer from the symptoms from a cold or flu and do not experience any further issues. So just visit your doctor as a precaution and let them track your progress.
And remember – drink plenty of fluids (water) to avoid dehydration especially if you have a fever.
Symptoms of Flu
- Sore throat
- Congestion and Headaches
- Muscle or body aches
How Can You Reduce The Risk Of Getting the Flu When Pregnant?
You can boost your immune system through eating healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables.
People who exercise on a regular basis have been shown to have a stronger immune system.
Get a flu vaccination.
Commit to washing your hands with warm water and soap after handling tissues or children with colds.
If possible, avoid close contact with other people showing signs of the flu such as coughing or sneezing.
Make sure you get sufficient sleep as it helps your body to stay strong and gives it the required rest to recover.