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<p>Ick!  I just found out that a person I was around for about an hour yesterday, has a nasty stomach virus today... and I DON'T WANT IT! Especially because I'm on call as a doula right now.</p>
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<p>Aside from lots of water, vitamin C, and probiotics, any other suggestions on things I can safely take during pregnancy to keep my immune & digestive systems in top health so this stomach bug passes me by?</p>
 

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<p>water, probiotics and vit c were what i would take too.  i hope it passes you by... stomach bugs are the worst!!</p>
 

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<p>50,000IU of Vit D3 at any sign of illness for 3 days helps too.  A maintenance dose after that would be 10,000 IU daily.  It really helps with immunity.  So does being under chiropractic care.  Hope you don't get it!</p>
 

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<p>I've been doing the probiotics, water, vit c, and 10,000 IU of D this week, and feel fine.  DH, who has a rock-solid immune system and 'never' gets sick... called from work to say he doesn't feel well at all and is on his way home.  Boo!!  I'll load him up with 50,000IU of D in an ounce of kefir when he gets home and hopefully we can head it off before it takes hold.  The power is out here after an unexpected snowstorm this afternoon so I'll tuck him into bed and hope for the best.  Stomach flu is NOT an option!</p>
 

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<p>Oh I HATE stomach bugs!  They are the absolute worst!!!!</p>
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<p>Isn't it true that they're typically spread through contact with/contamination by fecal matter or vomit?  So unless the person you were around for an hour didn't wash their hands after using the bathroom or something like that... you SHOULD be okay.  I just read and saw that your DH isn't feeling well... I hope he feels better soon and you stay healthy!</p>
 

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<p>Handwashing is so crucial!!  The person who was originally sick had her hand in a cast and so was not washing properly after caring for the 18 month old who was vomitting & had diahrrea.  She was in a household of people (ahem - my inlaws) who don't all typically wash their hands properly after using the washroom - they run their fingertips under a tap with a swipe of soap and then wipe on a towel.  But if they've 'only peed', they consider handwashing unneccessary.  <span><img alt="bigeyes.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif">  When I'm at their house I get a new towel out to dry my hands on, and when they're here visiting, I try not to let myself cringe outwardly after they come out of the bathroom and I KNOW I didn't hear the tap running. ~shudder~  They make fun of me and say I'm an OCD germ-o-phobe.... but I don't care.  There's no excuse for being lazy about basic hygiene IMO. It took about a year for DH to get firmly in the habit of proper handwashing, but now he's totally on my side.</span><br>
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<p><span>Fortunately the kefir and D really seem to have kept things under control in our house.  In fact, DH & I have both been able to feel intestinally when it's time for more kefir. Lol. </span> He escaped with just a day of feeling run-down and rumbly; I escaped with just a few hours of feeling rumbly when I missed my morning kefir! </p>
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<p>I think the crisis has passed.  Phew!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Nutter</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282148/eek-stomach-virus-prevention#post_16093801"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Handwashing is so crucial!!  The person who was originally sick had her hand in a cast and so was not washing properly after caring for the 18 month old who was vomitting & had diahrrea.  She was in a household of people (ahem - my inlaws) who don't all typically wash their hands properly after using the washroom - they run their fingertips under a tap with a swipe of soap and then wipe on a towel.  But if they've 'only peed', they consider handwashing unneccessary.  <span><img alt="bigeyes.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif">  When I'm at their house I get a new towel out to dry my hands on, and when they're here visiting, I try not to let myself cringe outwardly after they come out of the bathroom and I KNOW I didn't hear the tap running. ~shudder~  They make fun of me and say I'm an OCD germ-o-phobe.... but I don't care.  There's no excuse for being lazy about basic hygiene IMO. It took about a year for DH to get firmly in the habit of proper handwashing, but now he's totally on my side.</span><br>
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<p><span>Fortunately the kefir and D really seem to have kept things under control in our house.  In fact, DH & I have both been able to feel intestinally when it's time for more kefir. Lol. </span> He escaped with just a day of feeling run-down and rumbly; I escaped with just a few hours of feeling rumbly when I missed my morning kefir! </p>
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<p>I think the crisis has passed.  Phew!</p>
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<br><br><p>Ok just reading about the circumstances, I'm practically gagging!  Eww!!!  I am SO on my kids to wash their hands.  And even if you "only peed" you still touched the bathroom!  I seriously consider the entire bathroom like a biohazard. LOL  I don't even use my kids' bathroom--the only time I go in there is to help them LOL.  But seriously, ick!!! </p>
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<p>So glad to hear that you and your family seem to have fought it off!</p>
 

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<p>fermented foods! get some bubbies sauerkraut, pickles or make your own. It sounds like you are already eating kefir, so that's good. I'd do that and the Vit. D. Sounds like you're doing all you can!</p>
 
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