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Influenza and colds in pregnancy

From the moment a expectant mother becomes pregnant, her immune system will gradually weaken. This is a natural process for the mother's body to ensure the continuity of pregnancy by preventing the defense cells from attacking the baby. But with this process, the pregnant body, whose resistance decreases, will remain vulnerable to diseases such as colds and flu. For this reason, the most important stage of combating colds, especially in pregnant women, is to protect against the disease and not be sick at all. Even in the worst case, the baby in the womb will not encounter the flu virus, the baby in the womb, where the virus cannot pass directly and cause harm, will be negatively affected by the symptoms of the flu only in the mother.
 


A cold continues with a runny nose, sneezing, watering in the eyes, mild fever and resentment, while flu infections progress more November with symptoms such as high fever, chills, muscle pain, cough, difficulty breathing, and severe headache. Cold fever usually does not exceed 38 degrees, flu can rise above 38 degrees. Colds usually last 7 days with medication, 1 Week Without Medication. But in a person who is pregnant, this condition will last for an average of 10-14 days. 
 


For this reason, it is necessary to circumvent this process under the control of a doctor by resting well during the flu period, taking plenty of water and vitamins. Especially avoid crowded environments, hands should be washed frequently and cleaned with hand sanitizer. It is necessary to get the flu vaccine on time. It is also said that the vaccine protects the baby after birth by passing the resulting antibodies to the baby. 
 


First, the body with the flu will want to relax. In this process, it is necessary to rest the body well. The patient should try to keep his body more vigorous by doing light exercises during periods when he feels good. The current environment must be well ventilated. Decreased appetite can be experienced, especially with a slight nausea caused by nasal discharge and infection. But despite this, the body should continue to eat correctly and regularly to increase its resistance. Especially care should be taken to take vitamin C. Consumption of products such as oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, Kiwis, broccoli, spinach should be increased. Especially in terms of strengthening the immune system, zinc supplements should be made and plenty of fluids should be consumed. As a liquid, products such as herbal tea, fruit juice should be consumed. Flu and cold diseases will increase the body's fluid needs, various fluid consumption will increase. 


The body's need for fluid can be followed by the color of urine. The fact that the color of urine is clear and clear indicates that the body's fluid needs are sufficient, while dark yellow and orange indicate that the fluid needs are insufficient.  The body's resistance can be increased with multi-vitamins given by the doctor during pregnancy. Lozenges can be used if you have a sore throat. It is necessary to increase the quality of night sleep by using a high pillow or nasal band before sleep. Gargling can be done with salt water. Nasal congestion should be avoided with salt water and saline. By moistening the current environment, it is necessary to prevent fluid loss caused by the environment and dryness of the mucosol organs. It is also important to balance the ambient temperature well. The environment should be neither too hot nor too cold. Many of the flu medications used in everyday life can be risky for pregnancy. Because of this, the drug should not be used without consulting a doctor.


Another thing that's good for a cold is the calf. Honey and pepper should be consumed by mixing. It can also be consumed, preferably with warm water and lemon. If the fever is over 38 degrees, if it has become a condition that will prevent mandatory needs such as eating and sleeping, if there is a cough with green sputum, if there is chest pain and wheezing with a cough, if there is difficulty breathing, severe pain in the sinuses and at first, if the state of dizziness occurs, if the infection has not yesiled yet, even though 10-14 days have passed, the infection has reached a serious size. In this process, the patient should be treated more carefully under the supervision of a doctor. The most important thing to pay attention to during pregnancy is to try to keep the body's resistance high. 
 

Read: Corona during pregnancy and childbirth


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