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    stomach flu and pregnancy?
    happyhunny08 posted:
    So, I had a horrible night last night could not get comfortable and generally just feeling sick. I woke up before my alarm because I just felt so awful. I ran to the bathroom and have it coming out both ends and I feel so nauseous. I am going to have to call into work, my DF was sick with this the past 2 days and now I have it :frown: Can the stomach flu hurt my baby? I plan on resting and drinking tons of water today and trying to keep it in. Ugggh just what I need right now, I hope it only lasts for today or less. TIA
    NewMommy040109 responded:
    i just got over the stomach flu the dr basically said drink lots of liquids and as long as your more than 11 weeks and under 38 weeks its okay to take otc medicine like Sudafed, Robitussin and Robitussin DM cough syrups, Vicks plain cough syrup and Tylenol. Its going to last longer than usual bc of your lowered immune sys but its nothing to get too concerned over.... however you should probably talk to your dr just to make sure!! Hope you feel better!!! Also I heard fevers were really bad in pregnancy so i asked... my dr did say that early on high fevers (like 103) can be lethal to the baby but (good news) fever from the flu won't directly hurt your baby after the first trimester. You just need to be extra careful cause its like the baby has a fever too! TAKE CARE AND FEEL BETTER!!!
    TracySTB responded:
    If it is "just" a stomach bug (ie no flu- no fever, congestion, cough, etc) then your only danger is dehydration, which can possibly lead to cramping. I know I've had a minor one since yesterday and I've done nothing but drink and still am dehydrated (on the plus side, I slept 5+ hours straight!). Otherwise, get some tylenol on hand to keep a fever down. Just so you know, you may not want anything but Imodium is generally allowed by OBs after 1st tri, for up to 24 hours. It can really help if you need help. If you feel cramps that feel like uterine cramps (I know- so hard to tell!), or start to get regular and worse, call your OB right away, since dehydration can cause them. They can take you in and give you an IV to re-hydrate you better than water, and if there is any danger of labor starting, they can stop it for you. Very unlikely where you are, but then, you want to be extra-careful!
    vkochs responded:
    I am exactly 24 weeks and came down with either food poisoning or stomach flu Friday....I am leaning towards food poisoning since it has been more than 24 hours and my symptoms have completely subsided for the most part. My advice to someone who is pregnant and sick with the tummy flu: 1) Don't fight throwing up or going to the bathroom 3 times in a half hour. The watery bowels and vomiting are your bodies way of clearing the virus and you need to get that stuff out of your system. 2) Gatorade is great. Stick with that or plain water (of course), ginger ale, sprite, lukewarm coke, white grape juice, etc. Popsicles work well too. 3) Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for any fever or body aches (Ib profin nor advil is a BIG no no when expecting). 4) When you do feel like you can hold a little solid, try some plain toast, graham crackers, or jello, or chicken broth. 5) Most importantly --- get some rest, and sleep it off. Being pregnant is hard work, give yourself a break, especially when you are sick. Remember to wash your hands frequently, and avoid greasy foods and dairy for a couple days.

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