Dealing with Colds Flu and High Fever During Pregnancy

If you catch a common cold during pregnancy, the virus itself poses no risk to your baby. Avoid taking any over-the-counter medications (ibuprofen, for example) without first getting your healthcare providers approval.

Rest, drink plenty of water and try hot tea with lemon and honey to soothe a sore throat.

Coming down with the flu is a different matter. Pregnant women are at increased risk for complications from influenza, so get a yearly flu vaccine and make sure others in your family do, too.

If you do get the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that expectant mothers start an antiviral medication within 2 days of the onset of symptoms, in consultation with their doctor. You should also ask your doctor about a preventive course of antiviral medication if you've had close contact with someone with confirmed influenza.

If you develop a high fever during pregnancy (a fever of 102F or higher), contact your healthcare provider. A high fever could be a sign of an infection, and this could affect your developing baby.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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