Protect the Baby in You from Seasonal Fever

Seasonal fever is not a big deal to handle, but if it happens during pregnancy, then it might be a threat to your baby. Flu season normally occurs during October and continues till May. So, it is important to get a flu vaccine every year, especially for the pregnant women.

A would be mom can bear anything to get that moment of happiness; from morning sickness to unbearable labour pain. Pregnant women with flu have more chances to suffer from serious complications like premature labour and delivery. So, it is better to get vaccinated before planning for your pregnancy.

Causes of Fever in Pregnancy – The most common cause of a fever in pregnancy is

  • Viral infection – It includes seasonal influenza, H1N1 influenza (swine flu), common cold, infections include measles, rubella and chicken pox.
  • Bacterial Infection – It includes tonsillitis, appendicitis, urinary, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
  • Infectious Illness – It includes malaria, typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

Why Seasonal Fever is so dangerous?

The immune system works to protect the body from diseases. When a woman becomes pregnant, it affects the immune system as well. The immune system gets suppressed and gives delayed response to illnesses, as compared to what it was doing before pregnancy. It becomes lower and weaker and the body is likely to catch viruses and flu. To keep it strong, you need to protect it well by taking extra care and vaccination. Your immune system needs to work hard to fight the micro-organisms during pregnancy.

Don’t let that risky stage arise

Don’t take fever too lightly, especially during pregnancy. A little ignorance can be risky for both the mother and the child. Seasonal fever can lead to:

  • Miscarriage
  • Prenatal death
  • Neural tube defects, such as spina bifida
  • Micropthalmia (abnormally small eyes)
  • Cataract
  • Microencephaly (head is significantly smaller than normal)
  • Functional and behavioural problems
  • Craniofacial developmental defects, such as cleft palate and/or lip
  • Problems with teeth and skeletal development
  • Cardiac developmental defects
  • Preterm delivery

Be Alert & Attentive

If fever during pregnancy lasts more than 24 to 36 hours with the following symptoms, then consult your doctor immediately:

  • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
  • Uterine contractions or tenderness
  • Skin rashes due to high fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Decreased or no movement of your baby

Choose the Safer Side – Get Vaccinated

Early treatment is very important for would be moms. Flu shots are safer ways to protect the both of you. Be up to date on all vaccinations. Pregnancy is the most sensitive time. In such case all drugs are not safe. It’s advised to go with the prescribed medicines only.

Best ways to Treat Fever Safely

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take adequate rest and sleep properly
  • Stay in a cool environment
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Avoid contact with infected people
  • Do not drink unpasteurized milk
  • Try to avoid tanning beds, hot tubs and saunas

Source : Life Unfold (via Syndication)

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