I know you don’t like thinking about it, but that time of year is upon us…flu season. Having the flu is a miserable experience for anyone, but if you are pregnant with the flu you may have a lot questions. What can I safely take? How do I cope?!
Pregnant women tend to have weaker immune systems. It is important that you take extra care to stay rested and well during your winter pregnancy. Always talk to your doctor if you get sick and get professional recommendations to keep you and baby safe.
Here are 7 Tips to Help You Cope With Sickness During Pregnancy:
- Epsom Salt Baths for aches and fever
- Eucalyptus Rub or Cream to help you open up
- Tylenol regular strength (check with your doctor first)
- Damp washcloth to keep you cool
- Lots of water, tea, chicken noodle soup – Stay hydrated!
- Halls Drops to help with that tingle in your throat (the menthol, unmedicated version)
- Eye masks, so you can sleep whenever you possibly can no matter time of day (sleeping upright can help with sinus drainage)
When coping with the flu during pregnancy, there are some dangerous symptoms to watch out for:
Flu typically starts with a fever, achiness, and fatigue, followed by cold symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, chills. You may have diarrhea or vomiting as well.
Get emergency medical help immediately if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Bloody mucus
- Pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness, confusion
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Not feeling as much movement from your baby
- A high fever that doesn’t respond to acetaminophen ~Keep Reading: Flu During Pregnancy, BabyCenter
Also, Check Out Flu During Pregnancy, The Bump