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Understanding The Effect Of Swine Flu On Pregnant Women


Women who are pregnant comprise one of the high risk groups for contracting the swine flu. If you are a pregnant woman, know your choices if you want to avoid the swine flu.


Pregnancy is a beautiful event in a woman's life. Growing another life inside you is hard to describe unless you have experienced it. And the last thing you want to do is get sick with the flu.


Even the seasonal flu is dangerous for a pregnant woman. The swine flu can have even greater repercussions for you. here's why.


When a woman gets pregnant, she is then sharing her body with another life. while the fetus is developing, it depends on your body for everything from nutrition to eliminating waste. Your immunity also extends to protect your unborn baby.


Pregnancy can compromise a mother's immunity. She is now at a disadvantage when it comes to fighting off a potential viral infection like the swine flu. Add to that morning sickness, backaches, swollen feet and fatigue and you have a recipe for a not so good time.


If you know someone with the swine flu or suspected flu, steer clear of them. Once symptoms start to show up, a person can still be contagious if they have a fever. It takes around five to seven days after a fever has broken to declare someone free of the flu.


When the swine flu is suspected and you are pregnant, see your doctor immediately. They can advise you on what to do and which drugs to take.


Always get the seasonal flu vaccine. Without it, you are opening yourself up for more pain and a possible recurrence. It is not uncommon for someone to contract the flu more than once in the same season if they have caught two different strains. With the swine flu present, you can catch the swine flu and also the seasonal flu.


There is a light at the end of the tunnel for pregnant women. You can take the vaccine and be pregnant at the same time. For pregnant women, they recommend both the seasonal and the H1N1 flu vaccine in shot form and not the nasal spray. It protects mother and baby from the flu.


If you think that you may have been exposed to the swine flu somehow, get medical attention. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can be prescribed by your doctor to reduce your risk of actually getting sick. Other members of your family will want to get a swine flu vaccine also to avoid the spread of germs to the mother-to-be.


The best thing to do if you are pregnant is to get vaccinated for both types of the flu. Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day and avoid contact with sick people to protect you and your baby.


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