Pregnancy And Flu Influenza

What Is The Flu?

Pregnancy And Flu Influenza:

Influenza or flu, is a respiratory illness that is caused by a virus.  It’s an infection that causes fever, chills, cough, body aches, headaches, and sometimes sinus issues.

 The flu is a viral infection triggered by a certain RNA viruses. This virus belongs to the Orthomyxoviridae family (influenzavirus A, B, and C).The flu can be especially dangerous for pregnant women if not treated properly.

Causes Of Flu During Pregnancy

The flu can make you very sick and it’s harmful for the fetus.Due to pregnancy hormonal changes affects your body and immune system.

 The immune system is lowered slightly in order for to stop a pregnant woman’s body from rejecting the unborn baby. Your immune system is suppressed and your body becomes more susceptible to infections.

What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Flu (Influenza) During Pregnancy?

The influenza virus usually takes about 3-5 days to grow in your body and cause detectable symptoms.

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Body pain
  • Sore throat

What Are The Risks of Influenza While Pregnant?

There are many risks associated with pregnancy and flu influenza:

  • Premature labor
  • Pneumonia
  • Encephalitis
  • Otitis media
  • Preterm delivery
  • Septic shock
  • Meningitis
  • Bronchial infections

Risks The Baby Might Be Associated Due To Influenza

Pregnancy And Flu Influenza Risk:

  • Preterm delivery
  • Low birth weight
  • Stillbirth
  • Death of the baby

How To Prevent The Fly While Pregnant?

There are many things you can do to prevent the flue while pregnant:

  • Make sure to wash your hands pretty often
  • Avoid places where they are crowds
  • Stay away from others who have a cold
  • Try to keep your hands away from eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Carry a hand sanitizer at all times
  • Maintain a light workout to help improve circulation and combat infections
  • Avoid sharing utensils
  • Maintain a healthy diet

It Is Safe To Get A Fly Shot
While Pregnant?

The influenza season runs as early Oct to May it’s highly recommended to get vaccinated before the season starts. Having the influenza shot helps to prevent to get the flu during pregnancy. 

The flu shot has been given a clear path to take during any of the trimester of pregnancy. Before taking the shot make sure to speak with your doctor to talk about any side effects.

Can You Get The Flu
From The Flu Vaccine?

No, you will not get the flu from the flu vaccine. Most people who receive the flu vaccine end up getting the flu they blamed it on the vaccine. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine. They were going to get sick either way.

Flu Shot Side Effects In Pregnancy

The adverse reactions after taking the vaccines are minimal. Some women experience mild effects such as:

How Much Does The Flu Shot Cost?

The flu shot is relatively low cost between $5 to $10 dollars.

Flu Treatment During Pregnancy

During pregnancy the flu is diagnosed grounded on the symptoms. At times your doctor, might run influenza tests to confirm if you have the flu.

Home Remedies For Flu

Here are a couple of home remedies for the flu:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Sip some soup
  • Use hot water bag
  • Drink a glass of warm water

How To Treat Influenza With Medicine?

It’s highly recommended to speak with your doctor before taking any medication. Your doctor might highly recommend over the counter medications like paracetamol (Tylenol) since its safe to take during pregnancy.

Tips For Managing The Symptoms

  • Use humidifiers
  • Take ling warm showers
  • Keep up your energy by eating small frequent meals
  • Stay hydrated

How Long Does The Flu Last In Pregnancy?

The flu usually can last anywhere from a few days to a week.

How Long Is The Flu Contagious?

Most of the time, you will become contagious about 24 to 72 hours after contracting the influenza virus and remain that way for up to five days after the onset of symptoms.

When To Call The Doctor

Pregnancy And Flu Influenza, when to call the doctor:

  • Unexpected dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Lessened baby movement
  • Severe vomiting
  • High fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe coughing

Influenza ICD-9 And ICD-10 Codes

The ICD-9 code used for indicating flu is 487

ICD-10 codes are J10 and J11

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