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Before my first pregnancy, I rarely got sick, usually just the cold/sinus thing at Christmas once a year from being run down. But I just never got sick. I literally had not barfed since grade school.
With my first pregnancy, I literally NEVER got sick. Not once. No colds, (even when DH and all coworkers were sick), even when run down, etc. Heard you have a strong immune system during pregnancy.
During my two year old's first 1 1/2 yrs at daycare, I got sick 3 times alongside him - 2x with a cold, once with Rotavirus.
I am now 15 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and I've been sick 3 times since getting pregnant. The first time was at about 6 weeks, sudden severe vomiting (more than just morning sickness) plus concurrant diarreah, chills, aches, tired, etc. It lasted a day.
Second illness was at about 10 weeks, chills, achey, fever (101.6), extreme fatigue, could barely get out of bed, swollen glands in throat, sore throat. Lasted about a day and a half. (Note: my son had this 3 days before and recovered nicely).
Third is now, 15 weeks. Fatigue, swollen glands in throat, sore throat, aches, chills, mild cough, (had a stuffy nose overnight that has since gone away). (Note: my son has had a cough/cold for the past week).
At both my 8 week and 12 week midwife visits, they said not to worry, probably a virus, etc.. If I look up these symptoms, it appears it could be anything from the Flu to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Mono to Mumps to Rubella to cancer to HIV! You name it. These symptoms pretty much appear to be signs of every disease, virus or ailment known to man.
The part that worries me is could I have Listeria? I have eaten lunch meats twice in my pregnancy, and feta cheese once, (I was told feta was ok). However the illnesses didn't coincide with eating these things. Also, my son started in a new Preschool room in August so maybe it's new kids, new germs?
But why am I getting sick so much if you are supposed to be super-immune during pregnancy (like I was with #1)? Should I worry? Could the baby end up with complications? Sorry if these sound like dumb questions of a paranoid mamma!! It is just so weird for me to be sick 3 times in 2 months - it is very unusual so it makes me worry.