Swine Flu: Moms Get Answers from an Expert

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Claire McCarthy, MD on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:22AM

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I'm pregnant, and worried. Are there any special precautions I should take?

a Claire McCarthy, MD on May 4, 2009 at 1:35PM

From the Expert:
We don't know for sure how H1N1 might affect pregnant women and their babies. We do know, however, that pregnant women can be more likely to get sick than other people, and when they get sick it can be dangerous both for them and their baby. So it's important to take precautions:

• Wash your hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based gel (carry it with you), every chance you get
•To the extent that it is possible, stay away from sick people.
•If you have been exposed to someone with H1N1 (or with a flu-like illness that might be H1N1), talk to your doctor about whether taking medication to prevent illness (or at least make it milder) makes sense
•If you have flu symptoms (fever, congestion, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, vomiting, or diarrhea) call your doctor immediately.

—Claire McCarthy, MD

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