Thanks to overworked immune systems, influenza is more likely to cause severe illness among the expectant set. Learn how to protect yourself and your wombmate ...
First and foremost The best way to beat the flu is to get a flu shot. Not only is this quick stick safe for bump-bearing moms, but it has been shown to also protect your little one for up to several months after birth. Steer clear of the nasal vaccine, though.
Easy treatment If you can’t prevent the dreaded flu, you’ll want to give doc a call at the first sign of symptoms. Getting treatment pronto is imperative for those at risk of serious complications, which includes moms-to-be. There are antiviral drugs that can treat the flu to make your illness milder and help you feel better faster. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oral oseltamivir (aka Tamiflu) is the preferred treatment for pregnant women because it has the most studies available to suggest that it is safe and beneficial.
On the home front Ease the aches and pains by getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids. Warm beverages are a research-proven way stay hydrated, relieve sore throats and minimize congestion. (Try warm water or tea with lemon, honey and ginger.)
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