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i am 4 months pregnant now. and unfortunately i got cold and fever. is taking medications for cold and fever affect my baby?

i am just worried. please clear my doubt.
 

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Hi Kalpana,

Congrats on your pregnancy. Dont take medicines on your own. Consult your gynec and take medicines. Dont worry much.
 

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Hi kalpana,
Dont take any medicines be it for any reasons without your gynec advice.. The medicines will bring harmful effects on baby.. There are preg safe medicines for both cold and fever while you are pregnant, but only dr should be prescribing it.. So go to the doctir Asap and get well soon...
 

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Suffering from cold, cough and fever during pregnancy?
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Colds are so common that it would be unusual for you to go through your pregnancy without catching a cold at least once.
Colds, coughs and fevers are usually due to a viral infection.
Most of the time there is no need for antibiotics.
They can be treated with medications which are safe in pregnancy and relieve the symptoms.
Coughs, colds and viral fevers may make you feel tired and miserable but do not have any effect on the baby. Even when you have a severe cough, the coughing will not in any way disturb or harm the baby. If the cough persists for more than a few days or is accompanied by a large amount of phlegm, you might want to see your doctor to rule out a severe infection.
Women who have had sinusitis earlier may need to take specific medication to relieve the symptoms.
Immediate home remedies
Drink plenty of fluids, as this will help thin secretions.
Water, juices, and warm tea are good for you.Steam inhalation will help with a stuffy nose and also to relieve coughs. Sleep in a reclining position with plenty of pillows under your head so that breathing is easier. Hot water gargles are very soothing for a sore throat.
Use mentholated lozenges to relieve throat pain.
Medications to relieve symptoms
Decongestants: This group of medications is used to treat colds or allergies. They relieve stuffiness of the nose.
Cough suppressants and expectorants: Dextromethorphan, a common ingredient found in cough and cold medications, suppresses cough and is an effective medicine for a dry cough.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant in many cough and cold medicines.
Antihistamines: Cough syrups and cold remedies may also contain an antihistamine.
Headache and body ache: It is safe to use paracetamol for headache and also to bring down a fever. Body pain can be treated with ibuprofen.
Fever: It is best to avoid high fevers in pregnancy, especially in the first three months. Take paracetamol, which can be taken every 4-6 hours, to keep your temperature as near normal as possible.
Food
Having a cold, cough or fever does not mean you cannot eat a normal diet. You should make sure that you drink plenty of fluids and don’t get dehydrated. You do not have to avoid cold drinks, juices or curds. They do not aggravate the fever or cold.
If drinking something cold makes your throat hurt, then you may avoid it.
Common causes of fever in pregnancy
The common causes of fever in pregnancy include: Viral fever like influenza (‘the flu’) Respiratory infections Typhoid Malaria
Managing influenza (‘the flu’)
Having the flu can be very tiring in pregnancy. It can cause severe body pain.
The best thing is to take plenty of fluids, eat a healthy diet, take painkillers and rest till you feel better. Remember that the flu is caused by a viral infection and does not require antibiotics.
Respiratory infections
Sometimes a common cold or cough can progress to an infection in the lungs.
You might start bringing up yellow or greenish phlegm which may have a bad odour.
If the infection does not respond to the usual cold and cough remedies, your doctor might prescribe an antibiotic.
The antibiotic prescribed should be carefully chosen to make sure that it does not have any effect on the baby.
Typhoid
Typhoid is an infection caused by eating or drinking food contaminated by Salmonella typhii. It is best avoided by being careful about where you are eating. Typhoid can be diagnosed by a blood test which will be conclusive only if done after you have had a fever for 5 days or more. Once it is confirmed that you have typhoid, you will be treated with antibiotics for a minimum of 10 days.
(The author is a Chennai-based obstetrician and gynaecologist with a special interest in women’s health issues.)
GITA ARJUN
 

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