A woman waiting for a baby, tries to avoid any diseases. But it is very difficult to stay healthy for 9 months. It is especially difficult not to "pick up" a cold, ARD or even the flu. And if nevertheless the future mother is sick, the question arises how to treat the flu during pregnancy, in order to minimize the risk of complications of the disease and the effects of drugs on the health of the fetus. Consider what symptoms of the disease, what it is dangerous during pregnancy and what can be pregnant with the flu.
Influenza in pregnancy
Influenza virus enters the body by airborne droplets. At the same time, it spreads very quickly. If you do not start timely treatment, it can exert a pathogenic effect on the mucous tissue of the respiratory tract. This contributes to a decrease in immunity and the development of many serious complications, such as otitis media, sinusitis, acute or chronic bronchitis, pneumonia. In addition, the influenza virus can lead to damage to the heart muscle and, as a cons
It is very dangerous to infect a future mother with an influenza virus in the first three months of pregnancy, when the germs of all organs and fetal systems are laid. At this time, the disease can cause intrauterine death or malformations. In the second trimester of pregnancy, the flu can lead to miscarriage, pathologies of the respiratory system in the child. In the third trimester of pregnancy, the consequences of this disease can be severe complications, the development of inflammatory processes in the baby.
In case of untimely or illiterate treatment of influenza in pregnancy, a child may develop a predisposition to allergic, endocrine, skin diseases, frequent ARI, late teething. In addition, this infection can adversely affect the process of childbirth in women, causing hypertension of the uterus, weakening labor, increased blood loss during childbirth, the appearance of inflammation of the genitals.
The incubation period of the flu is fairly short and ranges from a few hours to 1-2 days. The first signs of the disease are fever, runny nose, cough, headache. The body temperature can reach 39-40 ° C, it usually lasts for 2-3 days, after which it sharply decreases. In many cases, 1-2 days after a decrease in temperature, there is again an increase( the second wave of influenza) for a couple of days. As a rule, from the first day of the flu, there are symptoms of intoxication of the body - muscle and joint pains, pain in the eyes, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain. There are also external signs of the disease - a bluish tinge of the nasolabial triangle and lips, a puffy face, a bright color of the cheeks against the background of the general pallor of the skin.
How to treat the flu during pregnancy?
At the first symptoms of the disease, the expectant mother should strictly observe bed rest. And, of course, you need to call a doctor who correctly selects a woman for treatment, indicating that you can be pregnant with the flu.
Drugs for influenza during pregnancy are selected very carefully, given their impact on the course of pregnancy and the development of the fetus. Most of the antiviral drugs a woman in this period are contraindicated. Antibacterial agents in general with influenza are not prescribed, since they are powerless against the virus. Their appointment is justified only in case of bacterial infection, and should only be done by a doctor.
In most cases, the treatment of influenza during pregnancy is symptomatic therapy and the use of traditional medicine. It is very important in this period to drink a lot, and the drink should contain vitamin C. This can be tea with raspberries, broth of wild rose, sour fruit and jelly.
As a febrifuge against influenza in pregnancy, you can take drugs based on paracetamol. Doctors recommend not to bring down the temperature to 38.5 ° C, but if a woman at a lower temperature does not feel well, it is worth taking a febrifuge before. To eliminate the common cold, a woman who is carrying a baby is prescribed nasal drops on a plant basis. Preference is also given to cough medicines containing natural ingredients( medicinal herbs, natural oils).Some women are well assisted in the treatment of influenza homeopathic remedies, in particular Oscillococcinum. It is desirable that such medicines are also selected by the doctor.
Treatment of influenza in pregnancy with folk remedies
Traditional medicine has many recipes for the treatment of this disease. Most of them are completely safe for a future mother, but some may have undesirable side effects on pregnancy and fetal development. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor before beginning their use. Here are the most effective recipes for folk treatment of influenza in pregnancy.
Rinses of the throat. Prepare a mixture of medicinal herbs from chamomile( 2 tablespoons), sage( 1 tablespoon), calendula( 1 tablespoon).A tablespoon of the mixture is poured 200 ml of boiling water, insist 25-30 minutes, filter. Rinse your throat 4-5 times a day.
With an increase in body temperature. Mix in equal parts the juice of sour apple or lemon, orange juice, tomato juice, beet juice. Take 100 ml every hour until the temperature is normal.
To fight the virus and eliminate toxins. Mix 2 tablespoons.linden flowers, 2 tbsp.elderberry flowers, 1 tbsp.leaves of mother-and-stepmother. Two tablespoons of the mixture brewed 200 ml of boiling water, insist 35-40 minutes. Drink in the morning and evening for 200 ml of infusion, adding a warm drink a teaspoon of honey.
When coughing, difficulty breathing. The root of ginger finely rub on a grater( 1/4 cup), add 200 ml of honey, mix well and boil for 10 minutes on a small fire. Add a teaspoon of the medicinal mixture to 200 ml of warm boiled water and drink like tea 2-3 times a day.