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Flu During Pregnancy: Ways to Treat It

Prapti Chauhan
Flu During Pregnancy: Ways to Treat It

With pregnancy comes a lot of changes in your hormones and immunity to help in the development of your baby inside you. Moreover, with these seasonal changes, within these nine months’ journey, you might be more prone to catching the influenza virus.

Flu is contagious. It spreads as droplets through the air, because of sneezing, as well as coughing. So, anybody around you can get the infection from you, even by touching things like door handles, chair arm chest, phone, etc, which can have flu virus on them. As a result of the influenza virus, you might suffer from 102 to 104 degrees, headache, fatigue, runny nose, sore throat, etc. The flu symptoms may last up to two weeks or more.

But, you needn’t feel scared. Continue reading to find out the ways to treat the symptoms.

Ways to Treat Influenza During Pregnancy  

Visiting the healthcare provider is the norm to check your health and the health of your growing baby inside you. But, if you’re going with the symptoms of influenza viral infection, the doctor is going to give you pregnancy–safe medicines. (Paracetamol is a common pregnancy–safe medicine for reducing temperature). Besides, you can discuss with the elder members of your family about treating flu during pregnancy with a few home remedies:

Get lots of fluids

Staying hydrated is extremely essential during pregnancy. Ensure that you drink plenty of water, smoothies, juices, broths, or lukewarm soups. As per studies, chicken soup can have anti-inflammatory effects on your body, as well as reduce respiratory infections. Whenever you’re drinking water, don’t forget to add lemon and a dash of honey to it.

Use a nasal spray

Usually, if you’re suffering from influenza, you might feel blocked and congested at the nose and chest. Applying nasal before you go to bed and using a humidifier in the room can keep the mucus loose, and clear the sinus. Also, don’t forget to keep your head elevated, by keeping your pillows propped behind your head.

Drink or gargle with salt water

Since you’ve caught with cold and flu and you’re struggling with a sore throat as well as pain in your throat, gargling with lukewarm salt water can help you greatly.

Rest up

Being sick with a cold, flu, and fever along with hormonal changes takes a toll on your body and mind. It’s also a no-brainer that it can be very difficult for you to take some rest. But it is better to stay at home and go for binge-watching movies.

Adding on to this, take preventive measures against flu in pregnancy:

  • keep yourself at a safe distance from others
  • wash your hands frequently
  • try not to touch your nose and eyes
  • wear a mask whenever you’re in crowded places
  • get a flu vaccine to prevent the flu


We know that pregnancy has already been taking a toll on your body and mind. Handling influenza along with this can be difficult as well as worrisome. Try out these treatment methods to cure yourself. While taking care of yourself during your pregnancy, bank your baby’s stem cells.

Prapti Chauhan
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