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Q&A: Are Viruses Like Cold or Flu a Danger to My Unborn Baby?


The Bump Expert

The main issue with colds and flus is that women who do get sick during pregnancy tend to get “sicker” (or experience worse symptoms) than nonpregnant women, and if your symptoms get out of control, it can affect the fetus. Dehydration specifically can lead to preterm contractions, and a high fever (over 103 degrees Fahrenheit) early on in the pregnancy can lead to a birth defect. So if you do come down with something, it’s important to make sure that you keep your fever down, stay well-hydrated and get enough rest. And if you can't keep any fluids down because of nausea or vomiting, be sure to let your doctor know.

Expert: Ashley S. Roman, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University-Langone Medical Center

Learn more about treating colds and the flu while pregnant here. >>

Q&A: Are Viruses Like Cold or Flu a Danger to My Unborn Baby?

This kind of viruses tend to be very agressive and they cause simptoms like fever and nausea.Fever appears when the virus is entering on cells and it determines dehydration.I had flu while I was 25 weeks pregnant and one of my friends bought me some antipyretics from a Mexican Online Pharmacy and I felt very good as my fever got down and I avoided dehydration which is a result of fever.

Roysandy |

Q&A: Are Viruses Like Cold or Flu a Danger to My Unborn Baby?

I wish there was some way to mark a post as spam. Roysandy's post is incorrect and dangerous. 1. Cold and flu viruses do not generally cause nausea (though many other viruses do). The "stomach flu" people talk about is not the flu at all. 2. Fever results from the body's immune response to the virus, not from the virus "entering on cells." Infection-fighting white blood cells release "cytokines," some of which lead to an increase in body temperature. 3. Dehydration is not the result of fever (at least not directly). It occurs when you are not taking in as much fluid as you are expelling (whether by urination, vomiting, diarrhea, or sweating). 4. Who on earth would take medication from an unknown, unregulated Mexican pharmacy, especially when you're pregnant?!

dvmsara |