March 11, 2008,
C.Z. asks from Denville, NJ on March 10, 2008
Flu and Fever During Weeks 13-14 of Pregnancy
I caught a virus or flu during weeks 13-14 of my pregnancy. I had fevers of 101-102 for several days. The doc told me to take Tylenol to reduce the fevers. I'm really nervous of how the fevers may have affected my baby. Has anyone had any experience like this?
A.C. answers from New York on March 11, 2008
I had that wtih my first child in the second trimester and they told me the same thing and he is perfectly fine and now 7 years old.
A.P. answers from New York on March 11, 2008
When I was 9 months pregnant with my oldest son who is now eight, I caught the flu really, really bad. My fever went up to 103. I had the chills, cough you name it. When I called my dr. he told me just to take tylenol for the pain and fever. A week later, I had my son on his due date who was healthy. I also use to get really bad sinus infections and bronchitis when I was pregnant with my baby son who is now four. He also came out nice and healthy. No worries. When you are pregnant, your immune system is really low. You and your baby will be fine.
J.M. answers from New York on March 11, 2008
Yes - I am glad you wrote about this. For some weird reason every time I get pregnant (I am on #3 in 3 years) I get a terrible flu and fever in the first trimester. I am not sure why but it leaves me bed ridden for days and the latest I had to be admitted to the hospital for dehydration. Since you are pregnant your body cannot fight the infection as strong hence the several days of being sick. Both of my boys are fine and the baby I am pregnant with now is showing very well on the ultra sound. My girl friend also had a similar experience and her son is fine. I guess our bodies take care of the baby first, then us but they withstand the fevers very well.
J.G. answers from New York on March 10, 2008
Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. The tylenol will not hurt the baby so keep taking it every 4-6 hours. Good luck!
S.W. answers from Rochester on March 11, 2008
With my last pregnancy i got the flu when i was about 3 1/2 months along. I took tylenol and drank a lot of fluids. The fever will not hurt the baby. I had the same concerns, the problem is if you don't get enough food and water you will become sicker. I got so sick after the flu because the baby was taking everything i consumed and leaving me with practically nothing. I ended up getting hyper emesis gravidurum(however it is spelled). I ended up being put on feeding tubes through a pick line in my chest.
So please learn from my horrible experience and get plenty of fluids in you...if you can't shake the flu in a week or two, go see your ob/gyn.
My baby was born perfectly fine and is now 18 month.
L.W. answers from Albany on March 11, 2008
Hi there. I am a mom of 3 wonderful kids ages 14, 12 and 11. When I was pregnant with my second I got a terrible flu with fever like you and was down for the count for a solid 3 days. The baby will be fine. Your body has built in defense mechanisms that will protect the baby. Just be sure to take your Tylenol to try and not let the fever get too high and everything will be fine. Drink plenty of water also and get lots of rest!
M.A. answers from New York on March 11, 2008
C., I had the flu during weeks 9-12 (??). I was in bed for three weeks! It was the worst illness I ever had. My fever raged, I lost lots of weight, was dehydrated and took tylenol as well as other OTC meds I dont recall.
My daughter is 5 and perfectly fine.
D.R. answers from New York on March 10, 2008
i was sick as a dog the same time. it really sucks. go for the old school remedies, lots of rest, looooots of fluids, and chix soup. take regular tylenol if you need it. dont worry about the fever, dont stress, just take care of yourselves. btw, i had a beautiful healthy baby boy, over 9 lbs! feel better, and good luck.
T.H. answers from Rochester on March 11, 2008
I got the flu shot, but ended up with the flu at 8 months pregnant with my oldest son. I kept a fever of 103 for days. It was the scariest because I didn't feel him move at all for days. The doctor said that they could only tell me to take tylenol and stay hydrated. That was 4 years ago... and he's a very active little guy now. I'm now 21 weeks pregnant with baby boy #4 and I had the flu again between 9-11 weeks. I took tylenol and stayed hydrated (as much as I could stand without throwing up!!!) The doctors said at this last ultrasound that he's measuring right on schedule and he's another active little guy!!! I guess the only "negative" side effect to the flu while pregnant is very active children... GOOD LUCK!!!
A.J. answers from Albany on March 10, 2008
I am sure baby is fine. I have had many nasty illnesses - stomach bug, bronchitis, while pregnant and all was well. If your dr. wasn't worried, you shouldn't be.
Did you know that dr.'s strongly recommend that pregnant women get the flu shot? If you haven't done so, you should.
Have a happy & healthy pregnancy.
S.A. answers from Jamestown on March 10, 2008
I was about that far along too when i came down with the flu. unfortionitaly my doctor told me to wait it out and if my fever does not lower within a couple of days and starts to get worse to go to the hospital. it took about a week before i was able to get back out of bed! I was sick once more with the flu bug again about a month before i was due also! But when it came down to it, my baby came out almost 9lbs 14oz and is as healthy as ever! so try not to worry too much about it. your body takes care of that baby before it does you! the best thing for you to do is to try not to stress out too much about it because the baby can tell and will become stressed itself.
i hope this info helped you a bit
good luck to you and im sure your baby is just fine!
S.C. answers from New York on March 11, 2008
hi there C.,
i had the same thing when pregnant with my first daughter. i was miserable and terrified as well, but took tylenol as doctors and nurses insisted it was safe. my daughter is 8 now and i am happy to say that she is completely normal and very smart. in other words, the high fever did not affect me or, more importantly her, long term. hope this helps - just remember that fevers are a normal part of life and that your body will naturally protect the baby.
hope this helps and don't be afraid/ashamed to call your doctor about things like this. it's his/her job to give you information no matter how small.
K.V. answers from Rochester on March 11, 2008
lets see I am 29 weeks pregnant and i have been sick twice and this is my first pregnancy. Good old Rochester weather!! I had an ear infection and my OB gave me amoxilician and I took benedryl as well-also ok'd by my OB. 2 weeks ago i came down with this flu/bronchitiis and I was on zithromax, an inhaler and Tylenol for the fever. It took a couple of days to break the fever and I was worried about how much Tylenol but since I was home on the couch my little buy was moving so much and that made me feel better about. I am the type of person who will take anything over the counter to get rid of a cold but since I am pregnant its hard for me not to take anything and suffer through it all. I do not have much advice since this is my first pregnancy but things are going great other than these colds i keep getting.
I hope you feel better!