Fever during pregnancy

Fever during pregnancy

What is fever during pregnancy?
When you have a fever during pregnancy, you will have the same normal signs – high temperature, sweating, chills, headache, muscle aches, dehydration and fatigue. There is a theory that a higher temperature, either a fever or a dip in the hot tub can cause neural tube defects such as spina bifida. In theory, high temps at a very, very early in pregnancy (we’re talking in the first five or six weeks after conception) could cause the tube to form incorrectly. But that’s just a theory; It has never been demonstrated. Many women have fever throughout their pregnancies and their babies are fine.

What could be causing my fever during pregnancy?
When you’re pregnant, your immune system is doing double duty trying to protect you and baby, so you may be more susceptible to colds and fevers during pregnancy.

When will I see the doctor with my fever during pregnancy?
If the fever does not disappear in 24-36 hours, you should see your doctor. Also, go to the doctor if you experience any of these signs with fever abdominal pain, nausea, contractions or a rash. Fever may be a symptom of other conditions such as cytolomegalovirus, flu, cold, food poisoning, HIV / AIDS, IBD, syphilis, toxoplasmosis or chickenpox.

What should I do to treat fever during pregnancy?
It is fine to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) while you’re pregnant. (If you’re worried about taking Tylenol while pregnant, remember this: If your baby was born today and had a fever, doctors and nurses would give Tylenol In addition, your liver metabolizes medicine as well just get some of it..) Make you are taking as the dosage instructions on the package though and consulting your doctor if you are unsure of how much to take.

Stay away from ibuprofen (Advil), however. Most docs advise pregnant women to avoid NSAIDs such as ibuprofen together as they may affect the cardiovascular system of the baby later in pregnancy.

If you’re trying to stay away from taking Tylenol even – or you want to help your body temperature to drop, try a warm bath or use a cool cloth on your head. Pregnancy is hard enough without fever to make life impossible.

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