How to Beat Swine Flu

A pregnant woman is more exposed to swine flu than the general population for her immune system is weakened, therefore more vulnerable. Like the seasonal influenza, swine flu could favor the occurrence of pulmonary complications in a future mother with a body already sensitized.

Some metabolisms are more susceptible to attacks of A H1N1. Everyone may be affected by the swine flu virus, but the most sensitive are the children, elderly and pregnant women.

Fever, one of the symptoms of influenza, can cause suffering, but no risk of malformations of the baby. If, however, fever continues contractions might occur, which increases the risk of premature pregnancy.
However, influenza A H1N1 should not scare you more than another cause. There are means of prevention and treatment, even if you are pregnant.

Influenza A H1N1, after birth

Placing in maternity should be as short as possible, and after birth you should meet with the doctor in a private office or a clinic, avoiding crowded hospitals.

If the mother was contaminated with the H1N1 virus is contagious, with the risk to transmit the disease to the new-born baby. A person affected by influenza A is contagious 24 to 48 hours before the first symptoms and between 4 and 5 days after their disappearance.

Regarding breastfeeding is not recommended to stop in case of flu. Breast milk is not contaminated, but rather is recognized for the transmission of antibodies from mother to child and will protect the newborn from possible infection. If you can not breastfeed directly, extract your milk to feed your baby with a bottle. Wash your hands and nipples before each feeding or extraction and wear a protective mask. Milking milk will be placed in a sterilized bottle.

Symptoms of influenza A H1N1 resembles very much the classic flu: fever, cough, headache, trouble breathing, etc.. If you suffer from any of these symptoms is appropriate to ask for medical advice.

Treatment for Pregnant Women

Health of a pregnant women should be monitored carefully. In the case of the flu, the doctor is the one that will recommend appropriate treatment. In general, it may consist of:

* Fever drop;
* Fluids;
* Rest;
* Treatment with antivirals but only if your doctor decides that.

Measures to prevent illness

The influenza virus is transmitted by air, mostly through saliva drops or nasal secretions (coughing, sneezing, runny nose ). To limit the risk of transmission, whatever the time of pregnancy, is recommended to respect certain rules of hygiene:

* Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
* Avoid direct contact with any person:hugs, hand shake, etc.
* Keep a minimum distance of 2 m from a person with symptoms of respiratory diseases;
* Do not borrow a towel from the bathroom, toothbrush, soap or other item of personal hygiene to any family member (husband, child, etc.);
* Clean surfaces regularly contact: handles, switches, cover the toilet etc.
* Avoid going to places where there is risk of contamination: hospitals, schools, transportation, public gatherings etc.