Your Healthy Family: Keeping pregnant moms healthy during flu season


FAMILY… WITH FLU BACK IN THE NEWS… IT’S CERTAINLY DANGEROUS ENOUGH FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON, BUT IT’S ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN… AND DOCTORS WARN THAT WHEN A PREGNANT WOMAN GETS THE FLU, IT CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR BOTH MOM AND BABY. CG: DR. REBECCA STARCK/CLEVELAND CLINIC “THE PREGNANT WOMAN HAS A CHANGE IN HER IMMUNE SYSTEM, A CHANGE IN HER LUNG CAPACITY; HER CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, THAT REALLY CONFERS A MUCH MORE SEVERE COURSE FOR THE MOTHER, IF SHE CONTRACTS INFLUENZA DURING PREGNANCY.” PREGNANT WOMAN CAN BE AT AN INCREASED RISK OF COMPLICATIONS LIKE DEHYDRATION — AND CAN EVEN DIE FROM FLU COMPLICATIONS. GETTING THE FLU CAN ALSO PUT HER — AT RISK OF PRE- TERM LABOR — AND PUT THE BABY AT RISK FOR PRE-TERM BIRTH — DOCTORS SAYS THE BEST WAY FOR PREGNANT WOMEN TO PROTECT THEMSELVES IS TO GET THE FLU VACCINE… REGARDLESS OF THEIR TRIMESTER, THE FLU VACCINE IS THE SAFEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO PROTECT MOM AND BABY AGAINST FLU. AND — THE FLU VACCINE HELPS BABY TOO. AS THE MOM’S IMMUNITY TO THE FLU — IS PASSED ONTO THE BABY AND HELPS PROTECT AN INFANT UNTIL THEY ARE ABLE RECEIVE THE VACCINE AT SIX MONTHS OF AGE… AND IT’S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO USE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES — IN PUBLIC PLACES. CG: DR. REBECCA STARCK/CLEVELAND CLINIC “BE COMPULSIVE ABOUT WASHING YOUR HANDS, ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE. CARRY A LITTLE BOTTLE OF HAND SANITIZER IN YOUR POCKET, IN YOUR PURSE, JUST USE IT ANYTIME YOU’RE IN PUBLIC PLACES. BE AWARE OF COUGHS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE COUGHING.” FINALLY…. IN ADDITION TO GETTING VACCINATED AND PRACTICING GOOD HAND-WASHING, PREGNANT WOMEN NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY GET ENOUGH FLUIDS, GOOD NUTRITION- – AND PLENTY OF REST… IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS GET WITH YOUR DOCTOR… FOR YOUR HEALTHY FAMILY… I’M IRA CRONIN… FOR MORE HEALTH STORIES… HEAD TO YOUR HEALTHY FAMILY.COM

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