October 24, 2014
Pregnancy - Dealing with the Flu During Winter
One of the huge issues that pregnant women face is that they are more likely to become ill. During the winter, this means that they are more vulnerable to infections such as the flu. This can be very challenging for pregnant women because there are many types of medications and treatments that they cannot experience or make use of during pregnancy due to the risk of harming their baby. If you are pregnant and you fear being able to handle the flu during this season when it is the most prevalent, here are some tips to keep you and your baby safe.
Of course, one of the most well-known preventative measures can be found in the use of the flu shot. While there are other ways that you can get vaccinated, such as the nasal spray option, the flu shot is the only option which has been approved for pregnant women. Even if you believe that you may be pregnant but you are not certain yet or if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy, the flu shot is the best option for prevention and the safest known method for vaccination if you are expecting. To some extent, it will provide your baby with protection after birth in case the flu is still going around.
Protecting yourself on a daily basis is very important. You are more likely to get the flu when you are pregnant because your immune system is not as strong as it would usually be; it is being shared between you and your baby, after all. As a result, you shouldn’t spend a lot of time around people who are already ill. Washing your hands with soap and water is good for preventing the spreading of germs. If you feel like you are getting sick, stay home for the first few days until it is better. If you are getting a fever, consult with your doctor regarding medication that you can take to reduce the fever. Fever is one of the greater concerns of the flu during early pregnancy stages because it can cause birth defects in your baby.
Although you may be tempted to use a lot of over-the-counter brands, it’s best not to self-medicate. Going to your doctor will ensure that you are given medications which will be safe for you to use and will not pose any risk to your baby in the meanwhile.