How to Cure Flu During Pregnancy

by Garreth Myers

Pregnancy places a great deal of strain on a woman's body and any changes during this time will have a greater impact. A pregnant woman needs to be conscious of her diet, habits, and even her environment in order to remain healthy. Therefore when you are pregnant you have to be extra careful to make sure that you are not in close proximity with people who have the flu or have the slightest signs of viral infections. However, despite the care you take while you are pregnant, you may be afflicted with contagious but minor ailments such s the common cold or the flu. These ailments need to be treated immediately as they could become a cause for concern if it poses a risk to either the baby or the mother. In case you catch the flu while pregnant you have to make sure that you take the necessary precautions that will stop it from becoming a threat to your health.

Some of the best ways on how to cure flu during pregnancy are to make sure that you don't take any over the counter drugs that you would normally take because you can never be sure of the effects or interactions of these drugs on your baby. For your stuffy nose and chest its best to try and do frequent steam inhalations to relieve the congestion. You will need to first ill a small saucepan with water and allow it to come to the boil on low heat.  Put a spoon of dry tea leaves into the water and make sure you breathe in the vapor as this will clear the congestion and ease your discomfort. Other than that, you could also try to mix a spoonful of honey and lemon juice in a cup of lukewarm water and sip it slowly. Since honey has medicinal properties and the warm water together it will be able to ease any kind of ache in your throat. Make sure that you avoid raw honey and use only processed honey as raw honey could contain bacterial spores that can be harmful to your child. Usually, the flu is accompanied by headaches and a slight fever; being pregnant it is best that you do not take any kind of self medication for these. Try to make sure that you follow a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits as this will help boost your immunity and fight off the infection. In case you feel nauseous during the flu try to limit your diet to light soups as these will be able to provide the required nutrition and help to build stamina. Drink a lot of water and juices to prevent dehydration. Usually this kind of flu will subside in a couple of days and if it doesn't then you should contact your obstetrician so that he/she will be able to help you and prescribe a course of medication that will suit your requirements.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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