Although most colds don’t cause problems for a fetus, you should take the flu more seriously. Flu complications
increase the risk of premature delivery
and birth defects
. Get immediate medical help if you experience the following symptoms:
- difficulty breathing
- chest pain or pressure
- vaginal bleeding
- severe vomiting
- high fever that isn’t reduced by acetaminophen
- decreased fetal movement
recommends treating pregnant people with flu-like symptoms immediately with antiviral medications. Call your doctor’s office if you have any questions or you’re not sure your symptoms are worrisome.
Getting sick while pregnant can be particularly unpleasant, and you might wonder whether it’s safe to take OTC medications to ease your symptoms. Generally, doctors recommend avoiding medications in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you’re currently taking medication for a condition or it’s after 12 weeks, and you want to take something to reduce cold or flu symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk with a doctor about what’s safe and what you should avoid.