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Treating fever during pregnancy

All of us suffer from fever on several occasions in our lifetime. Fever is our body's normal defense mechanism against infection or any type of injury. It's a natural process and there is nothing to worry about. But if it continues for an extended period, you should not delay in consulting doctor as it can have negative impact on both you and your unborn baby.

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In case of mild fever, you can treat mild fever on your own. However, you should contact your doctor immediately if you are unsure how to treat fever or if you suspect that something more serious.

It is very important to talk or meet with you doctor first if you see any symptoms of fever. The doctor will be able to tell you if you don't need to worry about anything. You will also know about the underlying cause that resulted in fever.

Some common causes of fever during pregnancy include cold, flu, food poisoning, urinary tract infection, rash, nausea, contractions or abdominal pain. Don't hesitate to contact your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Visit your doctor

Go to the hospital if you have a fever. Contact your doctor if your fever does not improve within 24 hours or immediately if you experience very high fever. A prolonged fever can have negative effects on the baby and/or increase the risk of miscarriage.

Lukewarm Water Bath

Take a lukewarm water bath, which is an effective way to reduce fever. In this case you should not use cold water. Do not add alcohol in the water you use for bathing.

 

Drink more fluid

You need more fluid when you are having a fever. To reduce temperature, you can place a wet washcloth on the forehead. At the same time drink more and more juice in different forms- water, juice, tea etc. You can also drink water with a little splash of lemon.

Rest and Medicine

Get plenty of rest and avoid excessive stress and activities. Use a sheet or a thin blanket to cover yourself. Take a fever-reducing medication after consulting your doctors. Ask your healthcare provider or midwife if it is safe for you to take a fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen (or paracetamol) can be used to lower fever and can make you feel more comfortable. Acetaminophen is usually considered safe for pregnant women. A pregnant woman should not take aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Avoid homeopathic medications as some of these may affect your baby.

If you decide to take anti-biotic medicines, never forget to consult your doctors. Taking even common anti-biotic medicines without consulting your doctors during your pregnancy can prove harmful.

Green Tea

If you are pregnant and you have fever, you need green tea. It's good for you because it contains immunity boosters besides offering antioxidants. It will help you to recover faster. Another good home remedy is drinking water with black pepper, basil and ginger in it.

Soak your feet

You can soak your feet in lukewarm or hot water. Add some rock salt in it. It will help you by removing impurities from the body, which will enable you to sleep better at night.

Cold wipes

This has been done for a long time now. Cold wipes are placed on the forehead of the patient. This is a very effective method. It becomes more important is the temperature of the patient is high.

Don't bath

If you have fever do not bath at least on the first day. Next day, you can go for a hot water sponge. That can be every alternate day if only the temperature of the patient is not very high. But you should change your clothes every day.

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References

1. Bump To Birth- Holistic Remedies For Pregnancy And Natural Childbirth

2. Pregnancy

3. Treating the common cold during pregnancy