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What is flu?
Flu or influenza is a viral disease that can be spread easily from person to person through contact. It is more prevalent during the winter season.
A person can get flu if he/she comes in contact with a person already infected. Whenever a person suffering with flu coughs or sneezes, the virus is spread in the air and one can easily get infected from the same. Also, by being in touch with something having a flu virus, such as the remote control, you can get the virus.
Flu during pregnancy
Flu can cause great inconvenience and discomfort to the infected person. While the basic symptoms remain the same during pregnancy as well, there are other potential risks associated with getting flu during pregnancy. Pregnancy can increase the risk of, flu associated complications such as pneumonia.
During pregnancy, the body’s defense mechanism against disease causing agents is not too strong. A woman can easily catch illness like flu in this period as the immune system’s ability to fight the virus is lowered.
Common flu symptoms
Cough and cold
Can flu harm the baby?
The mother’s mind is always worried about the safety of her little one. It is obvious that a woman will have lot of apprehensions regarding the safety of her baby in such a case. There is nothing to worry about. While flu can cause serious discomfort to the woman for several days at a stretch, there is no potential harm to the baby. The baby is protected from the virus in the womb. However, if you have high fever, it is recommended that you take proper rest and consult a doctor, as it may indicate some other secondary infection apart from flu as well.
How to prevent yourself from getting infected?
The best way to avoid getting the flu virus is to get vaccinated. It is important to remain protected as illness like colds and flu last much longer in pregnant women.
The flu shot can be taken safely during pregnancy. It does not harm the mother or the baby as it does not contain any live virus that can make you sick. The woman may experience fatigue or weakness for short span due to the response of the immune system to the vaccine. The vaccine takes about 2 weeks to become active in the body. A pregnant woman should not get a nasal flu vaccine.
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