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Pregnancy & the Flu??

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Anyone ever have the flu while pregnant? My DH has had it for several days,then this morning I woke up w/ stomach cramps & fever,my 12 year old too. I hope the baby isn't in any danger, I am 22 weeks along.
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Your babe isn't in any danger as long as you stay well hydrated. I had the flu during this pregnancy. Thankfully it only lasted one day. I couldn't keep anything down so I resorted to tiny sips of 7up. Feel better!
You don't mean the flu, though, do you? You mean a gastrointestinal virus? Not the upper respiratory infection known as influenza?

OK, well, a stomach virus. Much better this morning. DH has had it for 4 days,but me & my daughter are much better today.
I had a really bad stomach bug at 31 weeks and although it was horrid (I'm not even sure where my stomach is these days but it was super nauseous and baby was doing a good job kicking it!) it isn't dangerous for the baby.

My ob told me that Gravol is okay if you are vomiting and the nausea won't go away and that tylenol is fine if you have a headache and/or fever... I don't think that it is great for your baby if you have a prolonged high fever but for the more common unpleasant stomach stuff, babies are very safe and protected in their little world. The best thing you can do is to take it as easy as possible and keep your fluids up... not easy with a sick dh and little one to look after, I know!

Good luck that this bug passes you by...
I think I just got over the flu (the one Ilana is talking about). I am only in the first trimester and I'm trying not to be too freaked out about the increased risk of schizophrenia that my little bean might have later in life. I keep telling myself it was a really bad upper respiratory/sinus infection (who knows if it was actually the flu- I was knocked out for an entire week). I slept about 18 hours a day, stayed super hydrated, took long baths, and used the netti pot a lot. It was awful, but I'm feeling well again and I'm still preggers.
My dh, myself, and my dd all have the flu. We've all had it for at least 3 weeks. It's been really horrible. At least I don't have a fever any more, but we've all got nasty coughs that we just can't shake.

I feel miserable. I'm 7 weeks, 4 days along.
I have had the flu while preggo. I just drank lots and did nothing for about 2-3 days while i felt the worse. We all watched tv and slept and slept and slept.

That was almost 6 years ago and we haven't had the flu since

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I and my husband and daughter had what was either the flu or some other virus during my second trimester, complete with fever, chills, vomiting and diarrhea-- no fun at all, no sirree. :puke (Sorry, couldn't resist using that smilie!)

Anyway, I stayed decently hydrated, but what really worried me was the fever-- as a pp said, it does raise the risk of schizophrenia for the baby. So I tried to keep as cool as possible (not easy when your body's all mixed up and has you shivering), and the virus passed after about 48 hours. I did take small doses of phenergan (not sure if I spelled that right) to ease the nausea, as approved by my ob/gyn-- but I hated doing that, since you never know how those drugs affect the baby.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're feeling better today! Being sick is the pits.
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