Post # 1
So I am due right around Xmas and will either be very pregnant or have a newborn. I have heard that you should limit seeing people to avoid getting a flue…whether its with a newborn to keep mom and baby healthy or when your very pregnant to keep from getting a nasty illness before giving birth? Anyone have any advice?
Post # 2
Well you will need to get the flu shot if you have not already. This will help your baby as well. You can get the perservative free one at most drug stores. Talk to your doctor about when to get it. Other than that you will need to limit contact for the first few month and make sure that the people that do visit wash their hands before touching the baby and are not sick. This is what I did. My son was born January 4th. Once spring hits then most illnesses are gone. Congratulations!
Post # 3
yes thats what my doctor told me too. my son was born right before christmas and we did not go to our normal christmas activities. usually we would go to a big christmas at both of our grandparents houses. instead we only did a intimate little christmas with only our parents n siblings.
Post # 4
When Mom is around people, she develops antibodies to whatever she is exposed to, which are then transferred to the baby either through the placenta or through the breastmilk. So except for the fact that you might want to be a bit more cautious yourself (no one wants to be pregnant and sick), there doesn’t seem to be a particular reason to avoid people before giving birth.
Post # 5
Definitely get the flu shot for yourself, your spouse, and anyone who will be spending a lot of time around your baby. DD was born close to Thanksgiving, and we didn’t have anyone around her that was sick, and we also didn’t take her out to very many places. If we did take her out, nobody touched her.
Post # 6
I got the flu shot and didn’t limit my or babies exposure and wasn’t overly concerned. Obviously if someone was feeling sick that would be a different story. Just use common sense (eg wash hands before holding baby, no kissing, etc.)
Post # 7
DS was born last year smack in the middle of the holidays–I second what everyone said and also wanted to add that babywearing (with a wrap) is an awesome way to keep away the lookie-loos and people who might get too close or touch.
Post # 8
I had my daughter in January, so right in the middle of flu season. I made sure I got a flu shot and then I tried not to take her to very crowded indoor places, like the mall, for the first 8 weeks. When I did take her out for errands or what not I made sure to bring my car seat cover and kept that over her to reduce the chance of random strangers reaching in to her (never thought that would be a problem but I cannot believe how many strangers have tried to touch/squeeze/pinch my baby). I got a bad cold when I was 40 weeks along (I had her at 41 weeks) and I was absolutely miserable. Couldn’t take any cold medicine and had to recover from having the baby while still sick (sneezing and coughing post c-section killed). Also taking care of a newborn while sick was no fun so if you can try to avoid being around sick people, or make sure you are always washing your hands.
Post # 9
missjewels: I’m due in feb and I’m going to be pretty adamant people who are sick/getting over being sick won’t be around us (including immediate family) And make are other people wash their hands before holding the baby. I know it’s good to have babies exposed to normal life but I DO think there’s a difference between that and having them in DIRECT contact with sick people…. That’s just stupid! my SIL is about to finish nursing school and on the peds ward…. She said is crazy the amount of newborns they have admited because of nasty stuff going around already 🙁
Post # 10
Definitely get a flu shot and have your husband get one, as well as anyone else who will be taking care of the baby. Insist on it.
Other than that, I’d recommend wearing your baby (we use the ergo) and taking him or her outside for walks whenever you can. The reason winter is the flu season has nothing to do with the cold, but rather with the fact that people spend lots of time cooped up indoors, which allows germs to spread more easily. Also, I don’t know if you plan on breastfeeding, and I would never try to sway anyone either way, but if you do BF, the baby will get an immunity boost from your colostrum & early milk.