Can getting sick while pregnant hurt the baby?
Most viruses will not hurt your baby. However, some viruses can cause miscarriage or birth defects in your baby. A virus can affect your respiratory tract (breathing) and can cause other symptoms. The flu and the common cold are examples of viral infections.
Is it OK to be sick while pregnant?
Getting sick is never fun, but getting sick while pregnant is even worse. It is common for the immune system to weaken while you are pregnant, which makes you more susceptible to getting sick.
What to do if you get a cold while pregnant?
- menthol rub on your chest, temples, and under the nose.
- nasal strips, which are sticky pads that open congested airways.
- cough drops or lozenges.
- acetaminophen (Tylenol) for aches, pains, and fevers.
- cough suppressant at night.
- expectorant during the day.
What happens if a pregnant person gets sick?
If you have flu while you’re pregnant, it could mean your baby is born prematurely or has a low birthweight, and can even lead to stillbirth or death in the first week of life. Getting the flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date.
Can the baby get cold in the womb?
Having a cold during pregnancy will not usually affect the fetus. Colds are mild illnesses that a person’s immune system can handle relatively easily. Having a cold during pregnancy will not usually affect the fetus. Colds are mild illnesses that a person’s immune system can handle relatively easily.
Can being cold cause miscarriage?
Although cold and flu viruses can certainly make you uncomfortable (especially if you’re pregnant and certain medications are off-limits), they aren’t likely to cause miscarriage.
Do colds last longer when pregnant?
And it’s called the common cold for a reason! Most women will experience at least one cold during their pregnancy. You’re more prone to colds—and they can last longer—while you’re expecting, because pregnancy suppresses the immune system. Plus, it’s easy to catch a cold.
Can I take vitamin C while pregnant?
You can easily get the vitamin C you need from fruits and vegetables, and your prenatal vitamins also contain vitamin C. It’s not a good idea to take large doses of vitamin C when you’re pregnant. The maximum daily amount that’s considered safe is 1800 mg for women 18 and younger and 2000 mg for women 19 and over.
Can I use Vicks while pregnant?
Expectorants like Mucinex, cough suppressants like Robitussin, vapor rubs like Vicks VapoRub, and cough drops are all considered safe during pregnancy.
How can I treat the flu naturally while pregnant?
For symptoms, try these four natural flu remedies:
- Use sugar- or honey-based lozenges to relieve sore throats and coughs.
- Get plenty of bed rest.
- Drink lots of fluids, like water, juice, and caffeine-free tea.
- Put an air humidifier in your room to provide extra moisture, which can help ease congestion.
What can I take for a stuffy nose while pregnant?
Decongestant medications reduce stuffiness and sinus pressure by constricting the blood vessels in your nose, which reduces swelling. Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are available over the counter as Sudafed and are safe for many women to use during pregnancy.