Fever During Pregnancy - Topic Overview
It is not unusual to develop a
viral illness that causes a fever during pregnancy or
after your delivery. Mild fevers that last only a short time usually are not a
An ongoing fever that does not get better with home
treatment, such as taking
acetaminophen, or that does not improve after several
days may mean that you have a more serious problem, such as a
bacterial infection. Talk to your doctor if:
- A fever develops and you have other
health risks, such as
other chronic conditions.
- A fever develops with
other symptoms, such as symptoms of a
- A mild fever without an obvious cause lasts longer than
4 full days.
- A fever without an obvious cause comes back more than
once in 3 weeks.
- A fever with an increase
in vaginal discharge or a bad smell from vaginal discharge.
Remember, fever is only a symptom. Often the importance of a
fever can only be seen when other symptoms are present.