Flu During Pregnancy
Getting the flu during pregnancy is every mom-to-be's worst nightmare. Find out what risks the flu poses to you and baby and how to safely treat the flu while you're expecting. Plus, how to prevent getting it at all.
What’s the best way to treat the flu during pregnancy?
Certain antiviral meds can be given to decrease the severity of the flu. It’s also a good idea to rest and increase your fluid intake.
What can I do to prevent the flu during pregnancy?
Get a flu shot! “I encourage all pregnant women to get the flu vaccine -- unless they have a true, significant allergy to eggs or the flu vaccine,” says Sharon Phelan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico. “The nice thing about getting the flu vaccine while you’re pregnant is that your baby will get some passive immunity to the flu bug too. That will give the baby some protection after birth.” And that’s important because baby won’t be able to get her own flu shot until she’s at least six months old.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have the flu?
“I couldn't keep anything down for 48 hours. Get lots and lots of Gatorade. It was the only drink that actually stayed down.”
“I just had the flu two weeks ago, and it sucked. There were about six kids at my day care who had it, and I just knew I was going to get it. I couldn't eat anything for two or three days, but made sure I took my prenatal vitamin and drank a ton of fluids.”
“The throwing up was so violent it made morning sickness look easy. I couldn't keep anything down until they gave me Zofran. Then I just felt crappy for a few days. It took about a good week to recover.”
Are there any other resources for the flu during pregnancy?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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