“I have felt good. I haven’t had any morning sickness, but it still hasn’t been the easiest,” Kim told Us Weekly last night at her New Year’s Eve event at 1OAK.
This statement may raise more than a few eyebrows among those who saw her tweet about having the flu at Christmas, followed by a blog post that mentioned her having to leave a Clippers game at halftime because she felt ill.
Sure, it’s possible that Kim is blaming morning sickness on something else in an attempt to paint herself as Supermom, or to avoid the kind of omigosh-is-she-okay fuss that the world made over Kate Middleton when she was laid up with hyperemesis gravidarum.
In fact, a morning sickness cover-up would actually be the best-case scenario. Having the flu is serious business when you’re expecting.
According to the March of Dimes, pregnant women are at special risk during flu season. Pregnancy weakens the immune system, making it easier for expectant moms to develop illnesses like flu and pneumonia – and harder to fight off complications.
Moms-to-be who catch the flu are also more likely to go into preterm labor and have a premature birth, both of which can be risky for the baby. For these reasons, medical authorities like the World Health Organization urge pregnant women to get the flu shot at some point during the October-May flu season.
So even though Kim may be “feeling good,” as she told the magazine, she needs to talk to her doctor about taking precautions against illness for the remainder of her pregnancy – including the option of getting vaccinated.
Kim says she’s looking forward to finding out the sex of her baby. But more important than knowing whether it’s a boy or girl is making sure it – and she – stay healthy.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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