I hate being sick. It’s cold and flu season and it’s the time of year when so many people are miserable and dealing with all the symptoms; ranging from fever to headache and, of course, the terribly stuffed nose.
I am so glad that I am not pregnant during this season and I’m dodging the flu with all my might. While it’s still miserable and potentially dangerous to get the flu at anytime, according to the Center for Disease Control, the flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. It’s all thanks to the changes in the immune system when you’re pregnant and the stress on your heart and lungs. It can have serious effects on the unborn baby, too.
Keeping that in mind, it’s especially important to protect yourself from the flu when you’re pregnant — both prevention and proactive treatment. It’s recommended by the Center for Disease Control that all women who are pregnant get the flu shot each year. It helps protect you from the potential worst of the flu and can also protect your baby when they’re born.
Take a look at some interesting things I’ve learned about the dangers of having the flu while you’re pregnant, how to prevent having to deal with the flu while pregnant, and how to cope if you catch it:
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(It’s important to discuss your own personal symptoms, health history and situation with the health care provider following you during pregnancy)
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