To prevent the flu, get vaccinated. The flu vaccine is the number one way to prevent the flu, and if you're pregnant, you should be vaccinated no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. Even your third trimester is not too late. Fortunately, the fact you're pregnant does not make you more likely to get the flu than women your age who are not pregnant. In addition to protecting you from the flu, a flu shot during pregnancy will protect your infant from getting the flu for 6 months after birth. This is especially important because the flu shot is not safe for infants less than 6 months of age. The flu shot does not contain the live virus and cannot give you the flu. Some women do have fatigue and muscle aches due to their immune system responding to the vaccine. In addition, the flu shot is also safe while breastfeeding. It cannot cause you or your nursing baby to get sick. The shot takes about two weeks to work. The nasal flu vaccine should not be used in pregnant women.
Many flu and cold medications have not been well studied in pregnancy. If you are pregnant and have the flu, call your doctor before taking any over-the-counter or prescription drug. Treatments for cold and flu symptoms that your doctor may suggest during pregnancy include:
· Acetaminophen, the preferred treatment for fever, aches and pains of flu and colds during pregnancy.
· Saline nasal spray or nasal irrigation.
· Pseudoephedrine, the decongestant may be helpful for some people. Avoid pseudoephedrine in the first trimester or if you have hypertension.
These treatments are found commonly among over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. Check labels carefully.
Story Adapted from: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/fact-sheet-pregnancy-flu