Post # 1
Hi bees! Darling Husband and I just found out we are expecting. This is my first pregnancy and I’m very excited but also scared. I am still very early, 4 weeks tomorrow. The past few days after I got my bfp I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold. Now I feel like total crap, congested and coughing and aching and i’ve had a slight temperature (99.7) all day. I have been taking Tylenol because I’m scared to take anything else. I’m really concerned that if my temperature gets higher into real fever zone it’s dangerous for the baby. I’m also more cautious because a few years ago I had a similar illness and it turned into pneumonia which I am terrified of happening in my first trimester.
Tomorrow I am calling to make my first ob appointment, but I am seeing a new ob so I doubt they will see me right away or anything. I can go to urgent care if I feel worse tomorrow but I’m also worried about taking antibiotics this early.
I know this may sound silly to a lot of you, I know people get sick all the time but I am someone who very rarely gets sick (last time I was really sick was the pneumonia 3 years ago) and now that I’m pregnant I’m even more concerned. I just want everything to go smoothly! Anyone had similar experiences early on? How did it work out for you?
Post # 2
Your temp has to be consistently like over 101 degrees to really do any damage so don’t worry about your low grade fever. Just do as much self care as possible- Tylenol is fine. If you’re concerned call the Ob tomorrow.
Post # 3
danafish: first, congratulations! Second, don’t worry. Call your primary care physician tomorrow if you don’t get any better. They are far better at treating winter crud than OBs. For now, push fluids and vitamin c and get plenty of sleep.
You are really early in pregnancy, so know that if something happens and you lose the baby, it isn’t the result of the illness or anything you did. 25% of pregnancies just don’t make it, normally for genetic abnormalities. Many, many people get sick in pregnancy and have healthy, happy babies. I am sure that’ll be the case for you!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
Ditto PP about calling the OB tomorrow. Even if it’s a new OB, you can ask them what type of medicine you can take for a cold (antibiotics don’t work for colds). I am dealing with congestion, coughing, and sore throat right now and my OB told me I can have Robitussin.
Post # 5
danafish: I was on antibiotics for about 10 days within the first 2 months of my pregnancy (I didn’t know I was pregnant at the time and was being treated for tonsilitis). I’ve also been on them 3 times since becoming pregnant for different infections. My OB says they are perfectly safe if necessary so don’t worry if you end up feeling worse and needing to take them. And tylenol is also completely safe but I wouldn’t take any other cold/flu medicine without speaking with either your OB or general practicioner first. Feel better soon, wishing you a healthy 9 months! 🙂
Post # 6
danafish: Firstly, Congratgulation on the pregnancy!
Secondly, never listen to anyone offering medical advice on this forum, including me! No medical person in their right mind would give medical advice to someone they can’t ask about their medical history, and do a clinical exam. You will get mostly misinformation online, from well-meaning people for sure, but still misinformation.
If you are concerned, you can go to your family doctor or to a walk in clininc.
You can also use an online database used by the NurseLine in our Province. This database is also used in many US states. You can do a symptom check of almost any symptom and get a recommendation. Because you are pregnant, you should always use the Pregnancy topic first.
You can also read the general topic on fever and learn that fever is in fact, a healthy thing. It’s how the body fights infections and other illnesses.
Post # 7
Thank you everyone for your well wishes and suggestions! I definitely realize I have to go over all of this with my doctor, I was just moreso looking for some reassurance and experience from other women who have experienced something similar. It’s hard for me not to worry and over analyze every small thing, especially this early in the pregnancy and it doesn’t help that I’m an anxious person to begin with. I just need to try and stay positive and take care of myself. Thank you again!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
There’s not a lot available for pregnant women dealing with colds and things – I’m currently 34 wks and have been sick for a few days. I am using a saline rinse (think neti pot, but in the squeeze bottle form) to help with congestion and I have a mint and eucalyptus bath salt that I used to fill my bathroom with steam to help relieve some of the coughing. I can’t take tylenol for other non-pregnancy reasons, so even that’s out for me. It sucks, but as long as you rest and keep hydrated, you should be able to kick this cold before it has a chance to turn into something nasty.
I’d definitely call your doctor and explain to them that you need an appointment becuase you’re dealing with specific issues – not just a routine pregnancy check-up, they should be willing to see you sooner – if not, try a different doctor or go to urgent care. If nothing else, a nurse appointment will be able to get you the info of what’s safe to take and what isn’t.
Post # 9
I was home sick with a head cold when I got my BFP. I hadn’t been taking any cold meds anyway since I was still in the two week wait, but I just called my OB to schedule the first appointment and ask about meds. I ended up not taking anything just out of an abundance of caution, but you’ll figure out what’s best for you after talking to your doc. I will echo PPs that you have to get pretty darn sick for the illness/fever itself to harm the baby, so if you rest and rehydrate and follow doctor’s orders on medications, I am sure this bug will not affect your bub.
Post # 10
I had strep and an ear infection and was on antibiotics from week 3 all the way through week 4. My OB told me it was 100% safe and I needed to worry about getting and feeling better first and foremost. Keep an eye on your cold/flu symptoms and if it get worse seek some help from a MD, just cause were pregnant doesn’t mean we need to suffer.
Post # 11
Congrats on your pregnancy! I just found out that I am pregnant too and in the middle of a cold. Darling Husband had the same cold but his cleared up a lot faster, and mine has been lingering and I’ve developed a cough. I have never felt so paranoid about being sick! So, I have no medical advice for you but want you to know that you aren’t alone! Get well soon!