So here I am, crying out to the darkness saying somebody, somewhere, show me something that says my baby can come through unaffected.
It seems to me, if this was truly a major risk we would see far more problems with autism and schizophrenia in the general populace. Viruses are just TOO common for this to be a truly concerning risk,
An immune response is an immune response. Be it exposure through a vaccination or direct exposure and possible varying degrees of illness, your body creates antibodies against that 'thing'. I can see high fever (associated with illness/flu) being a possible associated causitive factor for stunted brain development. But even then I think the risk/ratio would be VERY small.
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I feared the worst too. But sometimes we can face the fear and neutralize it, it worked for me, dealing with every detail of the event confined within our mind allows all our darkest fears to play themselves out. It has nothing to do with actual reality and the destiny of your child. It is so far from being constructive and healthy for our hormones, that we really ought to see the truth ie: That our fears will use any excuse to show their heads and cause us grief until they go back into their corner once we realise it wasn't real, and only wait again to come out, but if we face them, and say "yeh, I'm ok with it actually" (it takes a lot of courage), they lose all form and substance. Accepting the thoughts as they arise instead of fearing them changes our whole perspective on reality. Its like eating ham and worrying about listeria, it's like having alcohol before knowing you are pregnant and worrying about FAS, you know in your heart of hearts whether you and your baby are ok, and you also know how your baby is going to turn out albiet unconsciously, the mind is very male, and the heart is very feminine, we live in a male, left-brain, oriented world, and unfortunately by listening to all these thoughts we can spiral into mental fear based behavior, rather ask what your heart has to say, has it been heard yet? How do we know we are listening to our heart? The heart speaks through feeling and sensation, put your hand on uterus, feel your baby, and you will feel the reality of what the baby is experiencing in that moment, that is the etheric function of the heart, it can dissolve fears. I hope I am not coming accross too abstract, as it is quite the opposite, and I just speak as things come to me. Hope that helps, if it is understood.
She was/is fine. Very bright girl.
I know it's hard not too worry, but that will do you no good at this point. Have faith that all will be well.
I'm sorry you have this worry. I had the flu around 17 weeks with my son, and my doctor was totally unconcerned. He said I should take Tylenol just so I didn't feel too horrible, but that it shouldn't affect the baby. Almost three years later, he is a very healthy little guy.
To the previous poster, I am sorry to have caused you any worry. My goal is to get some info so that we don't have too. Last night I found the DETAILED results of the study mentioned in the babycenter article. It was done on human subjects and tested influenza strains A and B both confirmed by serum testing on mothers.
Influenza A had absolutely no effect on the babies whatsoever. H1N1 is type A. Good news for anyone who has gone through the swine flu! For the group b children there were more cases of schizophrenia than in controls, but the researchers admitted in the conclusion that the increase was not great enough to definitely declare a link. Furthermore, all children were repeatedly IQ tested, and there was only IQ decline in the schizophrenic children. Even with type B infection, the overwhelming majority of children were unaffected. In fact, in the non-schizophrenic group, the children of flu exposed mothers scored slightly better on IQ tests than controls. I wish I had saved and posted the link so anyone concerned could read it for themselves.
On another note, I read elsewhere that 11% of pregnant women experience flu during pregnancy. I am fairly certain 11% of the population is not schizophrenic. Don't let U Wisc.'s monkeys scare you like they did me!