Frequent question: What if I get the flu in my first trimester?

Having the flu while pregnant can also potentially affect baby. There’s a higher incidence of birth defects, like neural tube defects and heart anomalies, in babies whose moms had the flu in the first trimester compared with those who didn’t, Cackovic says, likely due to fever that so often accompanies the flu.

Can having the flu harm the baby in first trimester?

Maternal Cold or Flu with Fever During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Birth Defects. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women who had a cold or flu with fever just before or during early pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby born with a birth defect.

Can having the flu while pregnant harm your baby?

It also places your baby at risk. Studies have found having the flu during pregnancy can increase your chances of miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight.

What should I do if I get the flu while pregnant?

What happens if I get the flu while pregnant?

  • Keeping in close contact with your practitioner.
  • Resting a lot.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids to soothe your sore throat and replace what’s lost by fever.
  • Taking the antiviral medication your doctor may prescribe according to his or her instructions.
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Can you miscarry if you get the flu?

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. The flu and the common cold are examples of viral infections.

Can flu cause birth defects?

Can having the flu during pregnancy cause birth defects? Every pregnancy starts out with a 3-5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This is called the background risk. Having the flu during pregnancy has not been proven to cause birth defects.

What are the risks of Covid 19 if you are pregnant?

The overall risk of COVID-19 to pregnant women is low. However, women who are pregnant or were recently pregnant are at increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19 . Severe illness means that you might need to be hospitalized, have intensive care or be placed on a ventilator to help with breathing.

Can you get a flu shot at 5 weeks pregnant?

It’s safe to get a flu shot at any time during pregnancy. You’re at higher risk of severe illness from influenza when you’re pregnant, and getting the flu vaccine will help protect you. Because you’ll pass antibodies to your baby, it’ll help protect them for several months after birth, too.

Does flu vaccine cross the placenta?

The antibodies you develop from a flu shot during pregnancy pass through the placenta — and through breast milk if you’re breastfeeding. These antibodies help protect your baby from the flu after birth.

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Can coughing cause miscarriage first trimester?

Miscarriage Risk

Although cold and flu viruses can certainly make you uncomfortable (especially if you’re pregnant and certain medications are off-limits), they aren’t likely to cause miscarriage.