An apple a day isn’t going to work this year. If you haven’t heard, the flu season is among us and is hitting us hard. The stories and cases of flu so far this year and the end of last year have health officials concerned and you should be too. Pregnant women are more susceptible to the virus and can create complications. Take the necessary precautions to stay healthy during this season.
- Get vaccinated. Health officials recommend this method and it is available at many drug stores if you don’t want to make an appointment with your doctor.
- Stay away from sick people. We know, it is easier said than done.
- Establish healthier habits. If you are not a fan of vaccination this is an alternative. Wash your hand frequently (say your ABCs or Happy Birthday to get the right wash time) when you touch someone’s hand or surfaces that are touch often. Carry hand sanitizer and/or wipes (for hands or surfaces).
- Get rest. We know, easier said than done. But try to get eight hours of sleep.
- Eat a balanced diet. Along with a balanced diet, keep with the prenatal vitamins.
- Exercise. This along with the balance diet helps keep your body strong.
If all else fails and you feel yourself getting sick contact your doctor about your symptoms, especially if you have a fever.
For information about pregnancy and the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.