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Pregnancy and the Flu

Pregnant woman with the fluAccording to the CDC, this flu season has hit the United States harder than in recent years. Because pregnancy can increase the length of infection and can lead to more complications, such as pneumonia, it’s important to know how to prevent the flu during pregnancy.

Get vaccinated

The flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. It is perfectly safe to get vaccinated while pregnant, even if you’re in your third trimester. Not only can the vaccine protect you, but it can also protect infants from the flu for 6 months after birth.

Regularly wash hands

Washing hands for 20 seconds is a good way to prevent spreading germs.

Eat healthily

Eating healthy is particularly important during pregnancy, especially when it comes to preventing the cold and flu.

Flu Symptoms

Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • A sore Throat
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Muscle Soreness and Body Aches
  • Loss of Appetite

What If I Have Flu Symptoms while Pregnant?

The flu can last three times longer in pregnant women, so it’s important to contact your physician immediately if you notice you have symptoms. Your physician at Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology will prescribe safe medications that will help treat the flu. It’s always important to consult your doctor prior to taking medications during pregnancy.

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COVID-19 Alert!

To ensure our patients are taken care of, we remain open, just in a limited capacity. However, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or fever with cough or shortness of breath, please call our office to reschedule your appointment at (404) 355-0320. You may also contact our office for any questions.

To minimize the number of people in the office, please come to your appointments alone. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are happy to Facetime your loved ones!

For your safety and the safety of nurses, doctors, and other patients, we are requesting that you please wear a mask to the office. See notes below for safely wearing a medical mask:

For our pregnant patients who are anticipating a visit to the hospital soon, we ask that you limit visitors to just 1 healthy visitor per patient for Labor & Delivery, Antepartum, and Postpartum rooms.  This is to protect you, your baby, and your family/visitor.

We appreciate your understanding.

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