Don’t take FEVER casually, it can lead to miscarriage! Know how to manage fever during pregnancy.

Fever during pregnancy

Fever is something unusual that takes place during pregnancy, because it is not the symptom of your pregnancy, and if you do experience this then it might be something completely unrelated. However, it is comparatively easier to get sick during pregnancy because your immune system is weaker at that time.

If you are having fever, you might be suffering from these issues:

UTI (urinary tract infection)

This infection occurs when bacteria gets into your system and multiplies.  About 10 per cent of pregnant women will be dealing with this. Most UTIs are bladder infections and are not so serious until they are treated properly with antibiotics and liquids.

If not, then it may travel to the kidney and cause further problems. Some UTIs are asymptomatic but most of them comes with symptoms such as strong urge for urination, burning sensation and fever and chills.

Upper Respiratory Infection (common cold)

Sinuses, nasal passage, pharynx are all the signs of common cold. Pregnant women have higher tendency of getting severe flus because of their weak immune system. You may have a runny nose, cough and a bad throat. They can be cured at home.

Influenza

Generally, influenza have symptoms of fever, nausea and vomiting. This becomes really problematic especially during the time of pregnancy. You might get confused about whether it’s a flu or a cold but the flu comes on really fast and has serious effects rather than a cold. If you feel that you have a flu then see your doctor immediately.

Some serious cause of fever are:

Chorioamnionitis

It is an inflammation of the foetal membrane (Amnion and Chorion) due to bacterial infection that occurs before or during labor. This can lead to preterm birth or serious infection in the mother and the baby. If left untreated then it will cause complications for the baby like sepsis, meningitis, and respiratory problems.

Listeria

Listeriosis is caused from consuming contaminated water and food. Symptoms include fever, nausea, muscle ache and diarrhea. It you are pregnant and are infected with listeriosis, you are at an increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and stillbirth. 

Early treatment with antibiotics may prevent foetal infection and other complications. Having said that, not all babies whose mothers are infected will have any problems related to listeriosis.

How to prevent fever.

  • Consumption of water is very necessary along with other beverages to avoid
  • Take bath with Luke warm water
  • Place a cool damp washcloth on your forehead.
  • Dress light

If the condition still doesn’t get better then consult your doctor.

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