How to Treat a Fever during Pregnancy

Fevers can be very serious during pregnancy, with the ability to harm the expectant mother as well as her child. It is vital that women keep track of possible fevers when they are pregnant.

The first measure that a woman should take if she experiences a fever during pregnancy is to contact her doctor. This should be done if the fever reaches 100.4. This is not only important so that she can get an idea of how her doctor would like her to treat the fever, but to help them ascertain the cause of the fever. Certain conditions that cause fever such as kidney infections can be very dangerous. The doctor will be able to give her further instructions and prescribe required testing.

It is important for a pregnant woman to understand that not all fever reducers are safe to take during pregnancy. One that is generally recommended to help treat women with fever is acetaminophen, which is sold under the brand name Tylenol among other brands. Be sure to take the recommended dosage.

Do not take any medication without first discussing the safe ones with your doctor. A lot of fevers will go away on their own, as well. It is important not to just let a fever stay when you are pregnant because it can be unhealthy for the baby.

Other non-medicinal options can help to address the fever in a pregnant woman. You can place cold compresses in a variety of places, including under the arms, behind the knees and behind the neck. A lukewarm shower may also be useful to help with the fever.

In certain cases, your doctor will need to treat what is causing the fever in order to get rid of it. For instance, if he or she determines that you have a bacterial infection, they may choose to treat you with antibiotics that are safe during pregnancy.  This can help to rid you of what is causing the fever, and thus the fever will go away because of it.

You can also take the steps to prevent conditions that would cause fevers. For instance, be sure to get all recommended vaccinations such as the flu shot. If you are experiencing pain or other problems, which can be an early symptom of a disease, then be sure to discuss it with your doctor. He or she may be able to treat you early to avoid the fever altogether.

It is very important for pregnant women to take fevers seriously. They should take their temperature any time they have reason to believe that they have a fever and treat it accordingly.

Resources:

http://www.pregnancytoday.com/articles/healthy-safe-pregnancy/fevers-during-pregnancy-4790/4/

http://www.healthline.com/blogs/pregnancy_childbirth/2007/10/fever-in-pregnancy.html