Miscarriage can occur in any pregnancy. Studies have not associated the flu with a higher chance of miscarriage. A high fever has been associated in some studies with a higher chance of miscarriage.
Can having the flu when pregnant harm the baby?
Flu also may be harmful for a pregnant woman’s developing baby. A common flu symptom is fever, which may be associated with neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes for a developing baby. Getting vaccinated also can help protect a baby after birth from flu.
What happens if you get the flu in early pregnancy?
“In pregnancy, there are changes in the immune system, heart, and lung function that make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from the flu, which can lead to hospitalization, or even death,” she says, adding that other complications as a result of the flu include dehydration, miscarriage, and preterm labor.
Can getting sick in early pregnancy cause a miscarriage?
A viral infection is a contagious illness. Most viruses will not hurt your baby. However, some viruses can cause miscarriage or birth defects in your baby. A virus can affect your respiratory tract (breathing) and can cause other symptoms.
Can the flu virus cross the placenta?
Human decidua seems to provide a more favorable environment for viral replication than placental tissues. These studies suggest that the influenza virus is capable of spreading from the maternal blood stream to the maternal decidua in order to replicate within the tissue and then infect the fetal chorion and amnion.
Why is flu bad for pregnancy?
The flu can be dangerous during pregnancy because pregnancy affects your immune system, heart and lungs. Your immune system is your body’s way of protecting itself from illnesses and diseases. When your body senses something like a virus that can harm your health, your immune system works hard to fight the virus.
How long does the flu last pregnant?
They may last as long as 1 to 2 days. If they last longer than 2 days, you should call your provider. HOW DO I TREAT THE FLU IF I’M PREGNANT? Experts recommend treating pregnant women with flu-like illness as soon as possible after they develop symptoms.
At what stage is flu contagious?
When Flu Spreads
People with flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
What medicine can I take for flu while pregnant?
Common Cold Medicine and Pregnancy: The Safe List
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Zinc lozenges.
- Chloraseptic spray (but a salt water gargle is just as effective, with no risks)
Can a hot bath cause a miscarriage in early pregnancy?
Our study found that exposure to a hot tub or Jacuzzi during early pregnancy was associated with the risk of miscarriage.