Swine flu (new flu) - dangerous for pregnant women?

I'm pregnant and I had the flu. Can this cause birth defects? (September 2018).

I'm pregnant. Do I have to worry about the swine flu?

Pregnant women are more prone to infections than non-pregnant women, because the immune system is weakened, so you should minimize the risk of infection, whether swine flu, seasonal flu or just cold. It helps if you:

  • Avoid contact with the patient
  • Do not greet with a handshake or kiss
  • Do not share your glass, cutlery or food with anyone
  • Ventilate closed rooms frequently
  • Avoid strong temperature fluctuations
  • Eating lots of fruits and vegetables with vitamins A and C (eg carrots, papayas, oranges, lemons, and pineapples)
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid smooth surfaces in public touch (viruses can survive in the air for up to two hours)

Can I take flu medication?

Do not resort to self-medication! Talk to your doctor about which medications you can safely take.

If you have a high fever over 38 degrees Celsius, a persistent strong cough, a stuffy nose, and generalized pain, then go to the doctor so he can prescribe you a drug.

Because swine flu can cause complications especially in pregnant women, your doctor may consider an antiviral therapy.

Could the H1N1 virus hurt my baby?

So far, it has not been proven that a normal flu can harm an unborn baby. But the H1N1 virus is a mutant virus that is still largely unknown. One does not know if it can reach the child via the placenta.

How can I protect myself against swine flu?

Take note of the hygiene tips listed above, which can protect you from all types of droplet infection.

The Standing Vaccination Commission recommends pregnant women to be vaccinated. Healthy pregnant women from the 2nd trimester, chronically ill pregnant women already in the first trimester. The reason for this vaccination recommendation is that in the past, swine flu has more often led to complications in pregnant women than in other people. Find out in detail about the swine flu vaccine in pregnancy.

Where can I get more information?

The Robert Koch Institute provides information on seasonal influenza and influenza H1N1 viruses at www. rki. de.


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