According to the CDC, this flu season has hit the United States harder than in recent years. Because pregnancy can increase the length of infection and can lead to more complications, such as pneumonia, it’s important to know how to prevent the flu during pregnancy.
The flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. It is perfectly safe to get vaccinated while pregnant, even if you’re in your third trimester. Not only can the vaccine protect you, but it can also protect infants from the flu for 6 months after birth.
Regularly wash hands
Washing hands for 20 seconds is a good way to prevent spreading germs.
Eating healthy is particularly important during pregnancy, especially when it comes to preventing the cold and flu.
Common symptoms of the flu include:
- Sore Throat
- Extreme Fatigue
- Shortness of Breath
- Muscle Soreness and Body Aches
- Loss of Appetite
What If I Have Flu Symptoms while Pregnant?
The flu can last three times longer in pregnant women, so it’s important to contact your physician immediately if you notice you have symptoms. Your physician will prescribe safe medications that will help treat the flu. It’s always important to consult your doctor prior to taking medications during pregnancy.