Can The Flu Kill My Unborn Baby?

Can you pass the flu to your baby?

Your baby can get infected with the flu if she breathes the virus in or if she touches something (like a toy) that has the flu virus on it and then touches her nose, eyes or mouth.

People with the flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before they get sick up to 5 to 7 days after..

Does the flu cross the placenta?

Influenza virus may cross the placenta and infect the fetus. Maternal influenza virus infection may induce auto‐antibody production, which may cross the placenta and mediate damage to the fetus. Maternal influenza virus infection in pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of complications of pregnancy.

What causes flu during pregnancy?

It’s busy supplying blood to you and your baby. All of this means your body is stressed during pregnancy. This stress on your body can make you more likely to get the flu. If you’re pregnant or had a baby within the last 2 weeks, you’re more likely than other women to have serious health problems from the flu.

What if you have the flu while in labor?

During Delivery Patients with suspected or confirmed influenza who are in the labor and delivery suite should remain on Droplet Precautions. Health care personnel in the delivery suite should adhere to Standard and Droplet Precautions, including practicing hand hygiene before and after handling the newborn.

Can having the flu when pregnant harm the baby?

Flu also may be harmful for a pregnant woman’s developing baby. A common flu symptom is fever, which may be associated with neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes for a developing baby. Getting vaccinated also can help protect a baby after birth from flu.

Should you go to the hospital if you have the flu while pregnant?

The H1N1 flu is also particularly dangerous for infants and pregnant women, so they too, should come to the ER more readily than nonpregnant women. Symptoms that may lead to being treated with an antiviral medication like Tamiflu, or the need to be hospitalized include: High fever (102 degrees or higher) Severe fatigue.

How long does the flu last while pregnant?

They may last as long as 1 to 2 days. If they last longer than 2 days, you should call your provider. HOW DO I TREAT THE FLU IF I’M PREGNANT? Experts recommend treating pregnant women with flu-like illness as soon as possible after they develop symptoms.

What birth defects can the flu cause?

Having a cold or flu with fever just before or during early pregnancy may be related to these birth defects:Anencephaly.Spina bifida.Encephalocele.Cleft lip with or without cleft palate.Colonic atresia/stenosis.Bilateral renal agenesis/hypoplasia.Limb reduction defects.Gastroschisis.

Can the flu cause miscarriage?

Although cold and flu viruses can certainly make you uncomfortable (especially if you’re pregnant and certain medications are off-limits), they aren’t likely to cause miscarriage. Having a fever during pregnancy (a temperature that’s higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) is linked with an increased miscarriage risk.

Does flu during pregnancy cause schizophrenia?

Infections like the flu are common occurrences during pregnancy, and research has shown that children born to mothers who suffered from flu, viruses and other infections during pregnancy have about a 1.5 to 7 times increased risk for schizophrenia. A new study out of Temple University examines what’s behind that link.

What should I do if I get the flu while pregnant?

Because the flu can be serious in pregnant women, your doctor may want to treat you with an antiviral mediation like Tamiflu. Antiviral medications work best if you take them within two days of getting sick. The sooner you’re treated, the safer you and your baby will be.