August 2016 Moms

Pregnant and the Flu :(

I was heading to a flight for work and actually passed out at the airport. I ended up in the ER and after a bunch of tests, and ruling out blood clot, it seems I have the flu...this was last week and I was admitted for 3 days plus put on bed rest thru the weekend. Now this week is almost over and Im still miserable...I cant take tamiflu as its not safe for baby, so doctor said i have to just wait this out. UGH....Anyone else have the flu when pregnant? The cough, aches and exhaustion are so difficult to deal with, especially while trying to take care of my 5yr old and work full time...I have been working from home b/c it wasn't safe to be in the office, but im sooo over this flu.... ugh....

Re: Pregnant and the Flu :(

  • The flu is the worst when you're pregnant. I had the flu this weekend and DH had it too. We literally laid in bed for 2 days straight then were out for another day still feeling like crap. Luckily my mom was able to watch DD for the majority of it. Now I'm watching a sick 3 month old (DHs coworkers baby, and of course their family caught it too) and a teething DD. 
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    I'm so sorry for you! Both my girls threw up last night and I haven't been able to keep anything down the entire day. I think if i can survive until hubby gets home, i will be ok.

    Your situation sounds so much worse and i truly hope you get better soon!!
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  •   @BabesBride Right there with you. Been in bed since Tuesday.


  • That was me two weeks ago, hospitalized with flu and pneumonia. And yes, tamiflu is totally fine to take while pregnant. 
  • I just got over the flu late last week. It was terrible!! I spent almost a week in bed trying to recover and thankfully DH worked from home so he could help with DD.  My OB prescribed Tamiflu (and a combination of Tylenol and ibuprofen) after I called in with a rapidly rising fever and chills. 
    Baby #1: Palmer Olivia - October 2014
    Baby #2: Emmeline Grey - August 2016
    Baby #3: BFP 9/7/18  |  EDD 05/24/19
  • I'm sorry you're feeling so sick! I had the flu when I was 37 weeks pregnant last year with my daughter. High fever, horrible cough, body aches, inability to eat, extreme fatigue. It was awful. I tried to walk to the grocery store the first day of symptoms (which is only 4 blocks from my house) to get some tea and honey, and by the time I got there I had to sit down and almost passed out. It was really bad. I made my husband leave a meeting to talk to me and almost had him drive from work to pick me up in a cab because I was afraid if I stood up or went home alone I was going to pass out and then have to take an ambo ride to the hospital. 

    I called my OB when I got home and described my symptoms and he Rx'ed Tamiflu. Within 12 hours I was already starting to feel better (no fever). 24 hours later I wan't 100%, but it was a significant difference from the day before.  I ended up missing a week of work, but mostly because I was so tired afterward. Tamiflu is OK and recommended for pregnant women, however, if you don't take it within the first 48-72 hours after symptoms start it doesn't work.  It sounds like you are beyond that window to take the medication.

    I'm so sorry you're going through this.  Is there someone that can help you take care of your 5-yr-old? Can you take more time off of work?  Or maybe work some half-days? You need rest and fluids.  
  • Just an aside - flu season is starting late this year, so it's not too late to get your vaccine if you haven't already!  Not 100% effective, obviously, but we're seeing some pretty good results this year.  
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