Ep 43: What You Need To Know About Flu and Pregnancy – All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast With Dr. Nicole C. Rankins
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #43: What You Need to Know About the Flu and Pregnancy

I wasn’t originally planning to do an episode about the flu and pregnancy, but I saw an article recently that claimed only 50% of pregnant women get a flu shot.

So, I thought I should talk about what all expecting parents need to know about the flu and why it’s so important to protect your baby (and yourself!) from the flu.

The flu is never fun, but it can be especially tough on pregnant mothers and their babies. It's important to know how you can reduce the chance that you'll get sick, that it's safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy, and what to do if you do come down with the flu.

Remember that you can get your flu shot many places these days - at work, the grocery store, your PCP or OBGYN's office - so be sure to get vaccinated before the height of flu season.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Why more pregnant moms should get vaccinated against the flu
  • What complications the flu can cause during pregnancy
  • How the flu spreads and why it’s so contagious
  • What you can do to reduce your likelihood of getting the flu
  • That the flu shot is safe to get during pregnancy & breastfeeding
  • How you getting vaccinated against the flu benefits your baby even after birth
  • Symptoms of the flu during pregnancy
  • What to do if you get the flu during pregnancy

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