September 2014 Moms

Stomach flu and dehydration cause miscarriage

I had the stomach flu last week and was very dehydrated for a couple is days. Went 14 hours without food or fluid. Now I'm stressing out it could have caused a miscarriage. Should I be worried? I'm 8 weeks pregnant.


  • Are you having any symptoms? Spotting, bad cramps, etc.?

    If so, you can call your OB for an appointment and an ultrasound.

    The flu does not equal instant miscarriage.

    But, if you're in doubt, see your OB/doctor.


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  • The flu has not been shown to be a cause of miscarriage. You should make sure to stay hydrated, but if you can't or feel in anyway like you need fluids call you OB ASAP. Actually you should call you OB anyway to put them on notice.

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  • I had horrible MS and couldn't keep anything down for 48 hours and LO and I are fine. Obviously not an ideal situation but it happens. Try to relax and get rehydrated.
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  • Even with the dehydration, I was told the stomach flu is less of a concern than the actual flu (influenza). With the regular flu, your core body temp can soar above 102 degrees, which is extremely dangerous for a developing fetus. This rarely happens with a stomach flu -- the most important things are to rehydrate (pedialyte is great for this, IMHO) and let your OB know so they can decide if you should come in or not.
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  • I had a stomach "flu" at 4 weeks and now I'm 10 weeks and everything is fine so far.
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  • I had the noro virus last year in the first trimester with my daughter. I lost 8 lbs in 24 hr. My husband called doc and they gave me zofran which helped so i could at least rehydrate. I don't think the flu itself can cause MC.
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