Flu Complications During Pregnancy: How to Avoid Influenza & What to Do If You Get the Virus by 30Seconds Pregnancy

Flu Complications During Pregnancy: How to Avoid Influenza & What to Do If You Get the Virus

The flu is much worse than a cold – and it comes on fast. Many people have complications and even die from the influenza virus each year, which is scary in itself, but throw in being pregnant and the worry factor goes way up. 

Changes in your immune system during pregnancy may increase your risk of flu complications. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant moms have a higher risk of pregnancy complications, such as preterm labor and preterm birth, if they get the flu. 

If you haven't gotten a flu shot, talk to your doctor about it. The flu vaccine is available as a shot and a nasal mist. The shot is an inactive form of the virus and cannot cause the flu and can be given to moms-to-be at any time during pregnancy. The nose spray is not recommended for pregnant women because it is a live form of the virus. 

What should you do if you get the flu while pregnant? According to the ACOG, if you think you have the flu, contact your OB-GYN right away. The ACOG also recommends taking an antiviral medication as quickly as possible. Antiviral medication for the flu is available by prescription from your doctor and works best when taken within 48 hours of experiencing symptoms.

Flu symptoms to watch out for include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • body aches
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • cough or sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose

Should you be concerned if you’ve come in contact with someone who has the flu? Yes. The ACOG recommends calling your OB-GYN and letting him or her know if you have been around anyone with the flu. Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral to reduce your risk of getting the virus. 

Learn more about the flu and pregnancy.

The information on 30Seconds.com 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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