6 doctors weighed in:

While pregnancy if a woman has the flu, does it have a negative effect to the child?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

As long as you recover fully, there should be no long term effects.
Pregnant women need to get a flu shot after the first trimester, as they are themselves at higher risk.

In brief: No

As long as you recover fully, there should be no long term effects.
Pregnant women need to get a flu shot after the first trimester, as they are themselves at higher risk.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Dominick Barone
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

Different flu strains can cause vast differences in the intensity if symptoms.
If you are very sick with higher fevers and become dehydrated I am sure this can have some effect on the baby/pregnancy/fetal maternal unit. Also the earlier in pregnancy the greater the risk to baby with any illness. But again......Usually not a big problem.

In brief: Usually not

Different flu strains can cause vast differences in the intensity if symptoms.
If you are very sick with higher fevers and become dehydrated I am sure this can have some effect on the baby/pregnancy/fetal maternal unit. Also the earlier in pregnancy the greater the risk to baby with any illness. But again......Usually not a big problem.
Dr. Dominick Barone
Dr. Dominick Barone
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It can

If the mother has a case of the flu it can trigger premature contractions and is associated with premature birth, that is why all obstetritions now give the flu vaccine to their pregnant patients.

In brief: It can

If the mother has a case of the flu it can trigger premature contractions and is associated with premature birth, that is why all obstetritions now give the flu vaccine to their pregnant patients.
Dr. Thomas Riney
Dr. Thomas Riney
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe,maybe not

Flu during pregnancy can kill the mother. It is rare, but we had 2 in my moderate sized town in 2009.
Most will transition through the illness with no terrible effects, and the baby will be OK. However, it is very important to get the vaccine if you face delivery around flu season.

In brief: Maybe,maybe not

Flu during pregnancy can kill the mother. It is rare, but we had 2 in my moderate sized town in 2009.
Most will transition through the illness with no terrible effects, and the baby will be OK. However, it is very important to get the vaccine if you face delivery around flu season.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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