HELP! my husband has the flu..how do I avoid getting it.
I am afraid I'm going to catch it. Have been reading all morning about flu and fever causing many complications with the baby. Thought maybe I should get the flu shot, but it takes two weeks for the vaccine to even take effect. Any thoughts or suggestions?
flu doesnt affect the baby! i got a nasty flu on my late 3rd week, and yesterday we heard our baby´s heart!
But unfortunatelly during pregnancy, you cannot take any flu or fever medication than tylenol, but doctors would even suggest you take that only if the symptoms are strong!
Now, to try to avoid it, drink a gram of vitamin C a day! It helped me get rid of that nasty flu I had! And drink a lot of water, and dress warmly!
It's definitely still worth getting the flu shot. It won't offer you full protection right away, but it may offer enough to at least make it less severe if you do get infected. Plus, it will offer you protection throughout the rest of the season. Honestly, if it was me (and I got my flu shot months ago), I'd go have my husband stay with family until he feels better. That's just my personal choice though. Actually, I'd make him do that even if I wasn't pregnant because I have asthma and a history of severe pneunomia, so getting the flu would be quite dangerous for me. The last time I got pneumonia (which can be caused by the flu) I was sick on and off for nearly 6 months. I don't mess with that stuff. Basically, do whatever you can do to prevent getting it, stay away from each other (one of you go stay elsewhere or at least have little contact) and make sure you are both washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces as often as possible. And take lots of vitamin C and zinc and generally just try to be healthy. The more help you give your immune system, the better.
Also, just to say, yes, flu can affect the baby. It's probably unlikely to cause an early miscarriage if that's what you mean, but there are many, many cases of serious pregnancy complications related to influenza. Now some people say they have 'the flu' when actually they just have a cold or some allergies. That's not the same thing. But influenza itself does pose serious risks for an unborn baby if you become very ill. That doesn't mean that everyone who gets it will have complications, but some people who have a serious case, do. I actually have a few family friends who almost lost their babies to stillbirth because they were in a coma as a result of the flu. Also, besides all that, you can die from the flu. About 40,000 people in the U.S. each year die from it, most of them are kids, elderly people, and pregnant women.
Everything that MindUtopia said! You may also want to contact your medical provider and discuss the situation with them. The flu can pose serious complications to both mother and baby, and they may want to monitor you just in case you do catch it (and may have some suggestions to help with the prevention). Otherwise sanitize everything and stay away from hubby until he's no longer contagious. Definitely get the flu shot as well, it'll protect you and the baby for the rest of the season, which is predicted to be a bad one this winter. Best of luck!
I agree with the previous posts. If you have someplace to stay for a few days you should do it. Right now I have a horrendous head cold and am staying away from DH so we don't pass it back and forth over the winter.
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