Pregnancy comes with some ups and downs. Morning sickness, fatigue and sometimes stomach flu are some of the pregnancy discomforts that you are likely to encounter during your pregnancy. Stomach flu is also known as gastroenteritis (aka stomach bug) is an infection of the stomach and intestines, which is normally caused by Rotavirus and Norovirus or even bacteria. Anybody can get stomach flu and it’s very contagious.
The symptoms are worse during pregnancy than when you are not. It happens when the lining of your digestive tract becomes inflamed. It’s usually not something serious and it can go away on its own. Remember during pregnancy your immune system weakens, making you prone to infections.
The best practice to keep away stomach flu is by maintaining a high level of hygiene.
Pregnancy comes with so many changes in our bodies. If you have experienced the morning sickness, it can be hard to distinguish stomach flu from it. Here are some of the symptoms of stomach flu:
Normally the body’s immune system can fight off these viruses. Remember, medications aren’t recommended during pregnancy; but if the symptoms persist beyond two days, seek medical attention immediately.
Take enough water and vegetable soups. Take it little and often. This is because your body loses a lot of water and minerals during vomiting and diarrhea. Taking enough liquids will replace the lost fluids.
Avoid eating oily and spicy food. Eat those foods that are healthy and are digested easily like, rice, ripe bananas, and applesauce until you have recovered. Eat small portions but frequently.
It has been known to neutralize stomach acids and relieves the symptoms of nausea.
Prepare peppermint tea to relieve irritated bowel and to fight stomach upsets
Stomach flu kills good bacteria in the digestive tract. So you need probiotics like natural plain yogurt which is a source of good bacteria, to boost the immune system. You should take the yogurt until you have fully recovered.
Vomiting and diarrhea can drain you of your energy so you need to get plenty of rest.
Medicines are not recommended during pregnancy unless it’s a prescription from the doctor. It’s good to use the natural remedies that I have stated above to relieve the symptoms of stomach flu if it is mild. Never take over the counter medicine without consulting your doctor because it can be harmful to your pregnancy.
If the symptoms persist don’t hesitate to call the doctor or visit the hospital.
The safety of the baby is a concern of every pregnant woman. Don’t worry your baby is well protected with some natural defense mechanism. So your baby is pretty fine even if you are vomiting. But extreme dehydration can cause electrolyte imbalance which can rob your baby of sufficient nutrients or even make you go into premature labor.
You should also check for Listeriosis because its symptoms are quite similar to those of stomach flu. It is a dangerous infection because it passes through the placenta and can be life-threatening to the fetus. That is why it is recommended to see a doctor when the symptoms become severe.