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The flu is one of the most common diseases in humans. This pathology, caused by influenza virus, It can affect pregnant women to a greater extent because they have a somewhat depressed immune system during pregnancy.
Additionally, expectant mothers are more prone to serious complications from the flu, as reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC).
Although the virus cannot cross the placenta, symptoms suffered by the pregnant woman and its possible complications if they can affect the fetus, so the appearance of the flu raises some doubts and questions for the pregnant woman.
- Does the flu harm the fetus? The question of future moms about whether the flu virus can pose health risks to the baby is the most common and the most obvious. First, the mother should see a specialist to determine if it is a cold or flu. If the diagnosis is confirmed, it should be taken into account that it is the flu symptoms that can affect the baby and not the virus itself.
- What symptoms of the flu can harm the fetus? Some of the symptoms caused by the virus can affect the baby to different degrees, so the pregnant woman should be careful. The most common are poor appetite, fever, dehydration, and nasal congestion.
- Can you take flu medicine? The general rule is that pregnant women do not take any medication to avoid damage to the fetus, but in the case of suffering from the flu there are drugs compatible with pregnancy, although they should always be taken under a medical prescription.
- Can the flu have complications in pregnant women? The greatest risk posed by the flu during pregnancy is the possibility of complications such as pneumonia. According to the report 'Surveillance of confirmed hospitalized serious cases of influenza in Spain', carried out in 2011 by the National Center for Epidemiology, complications pose more danger to the fetus and the mother in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and may require hospitalization.
- Can a pregnant woman get a flu vaccine? Not only is it possible for a pregnant woman to be vaccinated, but it is what most experts recommend as the most effective preventive measure. According to the CDC, studies of several thousand pregnant women have evaluated the safety of receiving the flu vaccine during pregnancy, showing no harm to either the woman or the baby. Also the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO) recommends vaccination against influenza A for all pregnant women, at any time during pregnancy.
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