The Flu & Pregnancy: 8 Things Pregnant Moms Need to Know by Dr. Shayna Mancuso

The Flu & Pregnancy: 8 Things Pregnant Moms Need to Know

As an OB/GYN, my pregnant patients have many questions about the influenza virus (flu) and the influenza vaccine (flu shot). During my last pregnancy, I contracted the influenza virus. I was quite sick, yet fortunate enough to avoid serious complications. With flu season rapidly approaching (November-March), the following are a few flu facts to help keep our moms (and babies) healthy!

  • Influenza is spread via virus-containing droplets when someone coughs, talks or sneezes.
  • A person with the flu is contagious one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after.
  • Common flu symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion and even nausea.
  • The flu can cause very serious complications in pregnancy such as preterm labor or pneumonia.
  • The flu can lead to high fevers, which may be dangerous to your growing baby.
  • The nasal spray is not recommended for use in pregnancy.
  • The flu shot can protect your baby even after he or she is born.

Please contact your doctor if you are pregnant and having flu-like symptoms to discuss possible antiviral and natural treatment options. Read more about the ACOG's recommendations and learn more about the flu and pregnancy via

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider.

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Helpful information for everyone!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This is so informative, Dr. Shayna Mancuso! Thank you for breaking down the information so that it's accessible for everyone. I hope it allays some fears about the flu shot during pregnancy!
Cassie Carver
I feel like all my questions have been answered thank you!
This is such important and helpful information to know.
Kelly Huetteman Scott
Makes me feel better I got the flu shot!!!
Great concise information, especially with flu season right around the corner!
Maureen Lee
I tell my patients the same recommendations!!
I love getting up to date info on vaccines. Thank you!
Judy Thow
Thanks once again...I had no idea that one could be contagious up to 7ays after have the flu.
Heather Davis-Carlopio
I always get my flu shot and definitely did during pregnancy but had no idea that it helped protect baby after birth. Crazy and awesome!
Good job Dr. Mancuso! :)
This is very helpful info! Thank you!!

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