The flu always makes the patient feel uncomfortable and affects quite a lot of work and living. The disease may be more severe for pregnant women, leading to complications such as pneumonia and an increased risk of premature birth.
1. Some measures to prevent the flu
You should get vaccinated against influenza
The flu season can start as early as October and last at the end of May. October or November is the best time to get vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination will protect both you and your baby from flu for 6 months when you give birth. This is especially important because influenza shots are not safe for young children under 6 months of age.
If the pregnant mother is in contact with a person with influenza, antiviral drugs can be used as a preventive measure against influenza. There is currently no vaccine for the common flu. The way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated against the flu. Influenza vaccination is safe during any pregnancy period from the first few weeks until the date of birth.
Not exposed to the risk of influenza infection
Viruses that cause the flu can spread through the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes, or talks. It also spreads by hand when sharing ants with an infected person, after which the mother touches her nose, mouth or eyes.
Since the flu spreads easily, it is best to stay away from anyone with flu symptoms. To avoid getting infected with the virus that causes theflu during pregnancy, you should wash your hands often with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-alcohol hand sanitizer, avoiding touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
The most important thing to prevent the virus that causes the flu is to adopt healthy habits that ensure sufficient sleep, eat more fruits and vegetables, regularly practice physical exercise to improve physical fitness and resistance.
2. Is the flu vaccine safe for pregnant mothers?
You will probably feel tired and muscle pain after getting the flu vaccination because your body's immune system is reacting to the vaccine. During breastfeeding, you can still get a flu vaccination. This will not have any impact on you or your baby.
Pregnant women should not use spray-based influenza vaccines such as mist vaccines because recent studies show that this vaccine is ineffective and there is no guarantee of safety during pregnancy.
Your doctor will prescribe you some medications to treat the flu such as:
- When there is a fever and pain, Acetaminophen can be used
- Use saline spray or wash your nose
- Use pseudoephedrine, note that use should be avoided during the first tri tri tri month of pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure
Your doctor will prescribe you prescription medications that you can take: baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza), oseltamivir (tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab) or zanamivir (Relenza) for pregnant women with suspected influenza. These drugs have been proven. Xofluza and oseltamivir can be taken directly because of their safety and effectiveness.
3. Some home flu treatments for pregnant women
Pregnant mothers can take the following measures on their own to treat flu-ins such as:
- Use sugary lozenges or honey to relieve sore throat and cough
- It is advis recommended to spend a lot of time resting
- Drink plenty of water such as filtered water, juice, tea, do not drink drinks containing caffeine
- Place an air humidifier in your room to provide more moisture in the room
4. How to prevent the flu?
To avoid getting the flu during pregnancy, you should:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid contact in crowded places
- Avoid people with the flu
- It is not recommended to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth because the virus usually spreads when you touch a contaminated surface, they will enter your body and cause disease.
You should immediately go to a medical facility for treatment if the symptoms of the flu worsen such as:
- You find it difficult to breathe
- Symptoms of influenza do not improve or can get worse after 3-4 days
- After feeling better, you may begin to show some more serious signs such as abdominal pain, vomiting, high fever, chills, chest pain or cough accompanied by solid yellow-green mucus.
Influenza is usually a benign disease, but severe and dangerous complications can also occur, especially for pregnant women with chronic cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. Therefore, pregnant mothers need to pay attention to health care, especially should be vaccinated against influenza to have a healthy pregnancy.
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- The process of pregnancy is monitored by a team of specialists
- Regular examination, early detection of abnormalities
- Package maternity for the convenience of childbirth
- Infants receive comprehensive care
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