How Should I Treat My Symptoms?
There isn’t a lot of research on how over-the-counter medications affect pregnant women. Call your doctor before you take any over-the-counter treatment.
Your doctor may suggest:
- Acetaminophen, the preferred treatment for fever, aches, and pains
- Saline nasal spray or nasal irrigation
- Pseudoephedrine, the decongestant, may be helpful. Avoid it in the first trimester or if you have high blood pressure.
You can usually find these treatments among over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. Check labels carefully.
Your doctor will know what prescription drug you can use. There are 3 to choose from: oseltamivir ( Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab), or zanamivir (Relenza) in pregnant women with suspected or test-proven flu. Oseltamivir taken by mouth is preferred, because there are studies to show it’s safe and it works.
Are There Any Natural Treatments?
Try these four natural flu remedies:
- Use sugar- or honey-based lozenges to relieve sore throats and coughs.
- Get plenty of bed rest.
- Drink lots of fluids, like water, juice, and caffeine-free tea.
- Put an air humidifier in your room to provide extra moisture, which can help ease congestion.
How Do You Prevent the Flu?
Get a flu shot. Don’t use FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine. It isn’t recommended for pregnant women.
To avoid catching the illness when you’re pregnant:
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds.
- Stay away from people who have a cold.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when you touch a contaminated surface and then touch these areas.
When Should You Call the Doctor?
- You have trouble breathing.
- Your symptoms don't improve or get worse after 3 to 4 days.
- After feeling a little better, you start having signs of a more serious problem, like a sick-to-your- stomach feeling, vomiting, high fever, shaking chills, chest pain, or coughing with thick, yellow-green mucus.