My husband came home from work today and told me about his coworkers who are dropping like flies from the flu. I'm not ordinarily paranoid about germs at all, but it just so happens that I'm 36 weeks pregnant and unvaccinated. So now I'm freaking out a little. I have a clean diet and am already taking some supplements for GBS (echinacea, probiotics, garlic... can't remember what else!) What else can I do prophylactically?
Baby Boy 9/08 & Baby Girl 3/11
In addition to everything you already listed, I would like to add my favorite drink for when I am sick. Note that this is best for the sinus-y variety and not the stomach flu!
It's my grandfather's recipe for Irish cough syrup. A shot of whiskey or brandy, two tbsp of honey, one tsp of lemon juice and a few mint leaves in a saucepan for about 5 minutes. It soothes my everything and puts me right to sleep. If you or your husband stay away from alcohol (which since you're pregnant, you probably do at the moment regardless), you can put the honey, lemon, and mint in a strong black tea and it will be just as good. I have done both and I love them.
I would make sure I was eating a lot of cholesterol and getting sun. If that's not possible maybe consider taking D3 and K2 with a high fat/cholesterol meal. Vitamin D has been shown to be quite effective at flu prevention. Both of those routes will help produce it. Cholesterol is needed to convert to vitamin D and it can be made by the body through sun exposure. If using an oral supplement you need fat and K2 as well to absorb it.
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