Flu and Viral Illness

When you are pregnant, your immune system is lowered slightly so your body won't reject your developing baby. This makes you more likely to catch an illness like the flu. Plus, you're at increased risk of complications from the flu. That's why it's especially important to get a flu shot during pregnancy. If you think you have flu symptoms, call your doctor right away to see if you need to get started on antiviral medicine.

Call Doctor If:

Step-by-Step Care:

  • If you are vomiting, be sure to stay hydrated. Sip water, juice, broth, gelatin, and other "clear" foods. You can also suck on ice chips.
  • You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for aches, fever, or sore throat.
  • Get more rest.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on June 25, 2018



The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Your Pregnancy and Childbirth, Month to Month." 

March of Dimes: "Pregnancy Complications."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Flu.gov:"Pregnant Women."

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