How to Treat a Fever during Pregnancy

Getting sick at any point during pregnancy can be a scary proposition.  You don’t want to take any kind of medication that may be harmful to your unborn child, but you also do not want to be miserable because you don’t feel good.  There is also the issue that a high fever may cause as much harm to your unborn child as some medications.  When faced with these issues, it can be hard to know exactly what to do, because you want your child to be safe.

The first thing that you should do if you find that you are coming down with a fever during pregnancy is to slow down and get some rest.  Rest is the best healer, not only during pregnancy, but almost anytime.  By making sure that you are getting enough sleep, this can help your body to heal itself.  Just take a few extra naps until you are feeling better.  If you need help to get to sleep, Tylenol is usually safe to take during pregnancy, even Tylenol PM.

You may also want to take a cool bath to help you relax.  It is recommended that you have someone to help you get in and out of the tub, especially if you are more than about 5 months pregnant.  However, the cool bath can help you to feel better, and can help to reduce your fever, if only temporarily.  The bath can also help you to relax so that getting the rest you need is easier.

If your fever is not gone within a day or two or is extremely high (over 101), make sure to see your OB/GYN.  It may or may not be anything serious, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.  Also remember that your OB/GYN may be able to recommend something to treat your fever that others may not.  They know how healthy you are and can monitor your baby as well.  They may recommend a non-stress test counting the baby’s movements and heartbeat just to reassure you in case you are worried about your baby not being ok.

It can be scary getting sick during pregnancy, but it is rarely life-threatening for either you or your baby.  It is important, however, to stay in close contact with your doctor during this time just to be sure that your baby is safe, and always consult your doctor prior to even taking over the counter medications.