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Avoiding the flu during pregnancy: What can you do?

By Mary M. Murry, R.N., C.N.M. October 9, 2013

When you are pregnant, you worry about how your actions will affect your baby.

At this time of year, many pregnant women worry that getting the flu shot will cause unknown harm to their babies. Recently, however, there has been reliable research that can relieve some of these concerns. Beyond helping you avoid the flu during pregnancy, studies also suggest that the flu shot can prevent potential pregnancy problems the flu might cause and protect your newborn from the flu.

If you haven't gotten the flu shot yet, it is recommended that you get one soon — and encourage all members of your household to do the same. If you are trying to get pregnant, you should also consider getting the flu shot.

And if you have questions or concerns about the getting the flu short during pregnancy, I urge you to talk with your health care provider. Ask questions. Get informed.

In the meantime, there are also some simple ways to decrease your chances of getting the flu including:

  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid crowds during peak flu season
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick

Be well!

Oct. 09, 2013