The recent outbreak of swine flu, what with over 5,000 cases reported in the U.S., is a cause for concern in many expectant moms. We’ve outlined the symptoms below, as well as preventive measures for protecting you and your baby.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), the symptoms of swine flu are not all that different from regular seasonal influenza. The symptoms include fatigue, runny nose, achy muscles, fever, coughing, and lack of appetite. There have been reported symptoms of nausea and vomiting as well.
How can I prevent it?
The CDC recommends general infection protection to protect yourself from swine flu. Wash your hands with warm water and soap often. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough (if possible, try to use a tissue. If not, wash your hands thoroughly). Don’t put your fingers in your mouth or nose. Germs travel quickly through those areas. Eat healthy, get a good night’s sleep, and stay away from anyone sick.
Although there have been many reported cases, your chance of contracting the disease is pretty rare. By practicing healthy habits, you should be okay.