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Cold or Flu During Pregnancy?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 12, 2015

pregnant_woman_with_cold.jpgWith the cold and flu season here, you may get sick this winter. Many pregnant women will get a cold or the flu, because of a weaker immune system. Your immune system is lowered to allow the life inside of you to develop without being attacked by your body. Read on to find out what to do if you do get sick...

To prevent yourself from getting a flu or cold, it's a good idea to get a flu shot. Make sure you ask your doctor before you get one. And, keep in mind that you’ll have to get a traditional vaccine with a needle, because the nasal spray vaccine isn't given to pregnant women.

You're more likely to get sick if you're tired or run down. Now is a better time than any to get sleep in anytime you can! The best way to keep from getting a cold or flu is to stay away from friends, co-workers, or family members who are sick.

What Should I Do if I'm Already Sick?

The old advice of drinking lots of fluids and getting rest is always recommended. Make sure to wash your hands often, keep your hands away from your face, and avoid sharing food or drinks with other people. Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing...if you're by someone who sneezes or coughs, simply turn your head away.

If you get a cold, rest in bed. Eat as much healthy food as you can, and drink at least 10 glasses of water daily. A humidifier can do wonders if your nosy is stuffy and congested. If you have a fever, try taking a cool shower or bath, wear clothes that keep you cool, and drink lots of cold fluids. Make sure to call your doctor if you get a high fever or 100.6 degrees F or higher. Your doctor can also tell you if it's safe for you to take Tylenol to lower your fever.

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy help, pregnancy tips, sick during pregnancy