Colds and other viruses are common in pregnancy and seem last longer while you are pregnant. Extra rest, plenty of fluids, and the over-the-counter remedies mentioned above are best. If you have a fever higher than 101 degrees and/or your symptoms persist, please call us. If your sore throat seems to be extreme and you are concerned that it may be strep, please call and we will be happy to fax an order to the lab at the hospital for screening for strep throat.
Viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with a virus. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something, such as a surface or objects with a virus on it, and then touching their mouth or nose.
Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol‐based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick with flu‐like illness, it is recommended that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.