Dealing with Colds and Flu During Pregnancy

January 03, 2024


Being pregnant comes with many worries. Adding a cold or the flu into the mix takes it to another level.

Many expecting moms worry whatever they do will affect their baby.

According to Mercy's Rochelle L. Arbuah-Aning, M.D., a board certified OB/GYN, your immune system is weaker during pregnancy. Dr. Arbuah-Aning is a member of Baltimore OB/GYN at Mercy, an affiliate of The Family Childbirth and Children's Center at Mercy.

Dr. Arbuah-Aning noted that there are things you can do to relieve symptoms, like taking medications like acetaminophen. However, you should stay away from taking things like antibiotics. There are also more natural options.

"I usually recommend treatment on the symptom you're having. For example, for sore throat, I recommend drinking warm water with honey which is very helpful to decrease inflammation. Gargling with salt water and cough drops can also be effective," Dr. Arbuah-Aning said.

She also recommends getting your vaccinations before and during your pregnancy.

If you have severe symptoms like chest pain or difficulty breathing, you should get medical help immediately.

View Mercy OB/GYN Dr. Rochelle Arbuah-Aning's interview regarding treatment of colds and flu during pregnancy.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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