How to reduce fever during pregnancy

The human body clearly reacts to any changes within itself. And elevated body temperature is the first sign of the disease. No one likes to get sick, but it is especially dangerous to “fall apart” during pregnancy. The expectant mother needs to take care not only of her health, but also of the baby, who is still inextricably linked with her by the umbilical cord.

With hormonal changes in the body, a slight fever in the absence of cough, runny nose, sore throat and nasal congestion is not such a rare occurrence. Therefore, it is not worth panicking when you have 37.5 ° C on the thermometer in the morning, and everything is in order in the afternoon – this is not dangerous for the child. In some pregnant women, about 37.4 ° C can last the entire first trimester until the body adapts to its new state, and this is considered the norm.

The danger lies precisely in colds, as well as temperatures above 38 ° C, which can lead to miscarriage or serious pathologies of the fetus.

The threat to the health of a pregnant woman and her child at a temperature

  1. As a result of an increase in temperature, intoxication of the body occurs, which can lead to malfunctions in the cardiovascular system of the mother and her baby.
  2. Fever can contribute to premature aging of the placenta or placental abruption, which is often the cause of preterm labor, maternal health problems, and heavy bleeding.
  3. Body temperature above 38 ° C, which does not subside for a long time, can adversely affect the formation of the child’s nervous system and lead to mental abnormalities.

Your actions at a temperature caused by colds

First, call a doctor at home, he will accurately diagnose the disease and prescribe the necessary medication. In no case do not drink antipyretics that you used before pregnancy, as many of them can cause irreparable harm to the health of your baby. I do not advise you to go to the clinic with a temperature. Sitting in line, you can pick up some other additional infection and your health will not improve at all.

In the meantime, you are waiting for the doctor, start bringing down the fever with home remedies.

Folk remedies to help lower the temperature during pregnancy

  1. Plentiful drink. The main thing here is not to overdo it, because in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, if the body is prone to edema, the limit of fluid intake per day should be observed (maximum 1-1.5 liters). You can drink fruit drinks, especially cranberry helps, which, in addition to the antipyretic effect, can increase the body’s immunity. Cranberries can be taken fresh, mashed with sugar or cranberry jam (2 teaspoons pour a glass of boiling water, sweeten and let it brew a little). For such cases, I recommend always having a bag of frozen berries in the freezer. Also, do not forget about milk and honey. They have truly healing properties and help not only with temperature. Add honey to a glass of milk and heat.
  2. In addition to fruit drinks, tea with lemon (you can squeeze lemon juice) or raspberries, a decoction of chamomile or linden (which are also antiseptics) brings down the temperature well. You can also squeeze the juice from raspberries and, adding a few tablespoons of sugar, drink it as an antipyretic or brew dry berries in 2-3 cups of boiling water.
  3. As a decoction, you can also brew herbal tea, consisting of coltsfoot leaves, oregano and raspberries or cranberries (literally 5-6 pieces). After it is well infused, take it 1 tablespoon 5 times a day.
  4. Sea buckthorn is a well-known remedy for reducing fever. 1 tablespoon of its branches is brewed for 2 cups of boiling water, then brought to a boil again and infused for another 20 minutes. Then the broth is covered with a towel for 2 hours, after which it is filtered and drunk at night in small sips.
  5. Rubbing with cold water and cold compresses on the forehead and wrists. You can wrap yourself in a wet sheet. Cold water, when in contact with a hot body, evaporates faster, and thereby cools the body, which is what you are trying to achieve. In no case should you wrap up or soar your legs, or take a hot bath. This will lead to an even higher temperature increase and in some cases may cause convulsions. It is better to stand under a cool shower and then put on cotton underwear.
  6. An enema in the ratio of 2 teaspoons of salt to a glass of cold water may help to reduce the temperature. You can add a little beet juice there, but not more than 20 drops. Enough 75-100 g of such a solution.

If all of the above remedies have not helped you, and for some reason the doctor has not yet come, you will have to drink an antipyretic that is safe during pregnancy. There are not so many of them.

fever medicines

  • Viburkol, a homeopathic herbal antipyretic. In the instructions, it is allowed during pregnancy. Usually, when used correctly, there are no consequences.
  • Paracetamol-based antipyretic (Efferalgan, Panadol, Tylenol, etc.). During pregnancy, I used Cefekon suppositories for children, the dose there is small, and its composition is pure paracetamol.

It should be especially emphasized that in no case should you bring down the fever with Aspirin, since the use of this drug can lead to abortion in the early stages and to premature birth in the third trimester, as well as to serious malformations of the unborn child.

If the temperature still drops, you should not postpone a consultation with a local therapist or with your gynecologist. You may need to take additional tests and completely cure a cold or the disease that caused your painful condition.

Remember that timely measures taken will help not only to defeat the disease, but will also contribute to your calm emotional state and the birth of a healthy and strong baby.

Easy pregnancy and childbirth! Do not be ill!

Draw your attention to! The information presented in the article is for informational purposes and does not call for self-diagnosis, self-treatment and influence on your body by any means. Only a qualified specialist (doctor, trainer, nutritionist, etc.) can make a diagnosis, prescribe (recommend) treatment and medications or dietary supplements, give recommendations on nutrition and training, and also control the treatment process (weight loss, training), focusing on a particular person and based on his individual characteristics.

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