Sunday, February 5, 2012

Colds and Flu in pregnancy

Influenza infection increase the risk of developing serious illnesses.
Colds and flu deplete the body during pregnancy. So it's good to strengthen the immune system and try to avoid colds and flu during pregnancy. Although in most cases will not be any problems for you and your child's symptoms can be annoying if you persist and can lead to serious consequences for the organism.

Influenza is a virus that attacks the respiratory system. Influenza is not the same as the flu and was not associated with the so-called. abdominal flu. Typical flu symptoms include cough, nasal congestion, sore or irritated throat,   headache, muscle aches, chills and fever. The flu can last two or three weeks if left untreated can lead to other illnesses such as sinus infections or bronchitis, after a long period and to very serious conditions such as pneumonia.

Because the flu virus, antibiotics will not help. The best advice is rest and plenty of fluids, or the flu is the best lie. Flu shot is actually the most effective prevention - vaccination.

Vaccination against influenza in pregnancy

It is believed that pregnant women are at risk those who are most affected by the flu. Given that in pregnancy there is a greater risk of potential health complications for pregnant women is recommended vaccination against influenza. Although vaccination is actually a drug, and these should be avoided in pregnancy, sometimes it is less risk from the vaccine than from the possible complications from the flu. Although some doctors do not recommend vaccination in the first trimester, it is safe to receive a vaccine later in pregnancy. In any case, consult with your doctor, since every pregnancy is different.

Studies have shown an increased risk of death or serious pregnancy complications in pregnant women infected with influenza. Although the risk of death from influenza is very low, pregnant women on a nine times greater. The reason is that pregnant women have a weakened immune system and influenza infection is a greater risk of developing serious illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis. But if you do not develop serious consequences, the symptoms of influenza in pregnant women usually take longer than usual.

Generally speaking, the average flu will harm an unborn baby. However, if the mother becomes a serious condition there may be a risk of miscarriage or premature labor. When the baby is born, the room with a person infected with influenza can also infect, but the flu virus does not pass through the milk, so you can breastfeed.

How to protect yourself from the flu?

Here are some tips that can help reduce the risk of contracting the flu:
Avoid large groups of people during the flu season
Avoid the company of people who suspect they are infected
Wash your hands regularly
when you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and also ask other
Avoid sharing cups and utensils
If you have flu, stay home to recover soon and how not to infect others

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