Health Watch - Flu: Flu Symptoms in Pregnancy

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about being prepared for the fall and winter flu season. Previously, we’ve discussed how pregnancy can be a risk factor for a more severe flu infection. If pregnant women do come down with the flu, it’s safe for them to take anti-flu medication to prevent a more serious illness, so they should seek medical treatment.

The symptoms of flu may be different in pregnant women. Dr. Vanessa Rogers, an obstetrician and gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a recent study found that nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of flu during pregnancy. Normally, adults aren’t likely to have these symptoms with flu, which is an upper respiratory infection. Usually, nausea fades after the first trimester of pregnancy, so pregnant women who experience nausea or vomiting during the last two trimesters should consider that they might have the flu. Early treatment can help prevent complications, so women and their doctors should take symptoms seriously.

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September 2010


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