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Kim - December 3rd, 2005 3:33 PM

As if morning sickness wasn't bad enough when I had it...... I went to the dr. a few days ago and found out that I had the stomach flu. Let me just say it sucks!!! I'm really scared that because I am not eating and drinking as much as I was- that I am hurting my baby. If I try to force my self to eat or drink it just makes me feel worse. Anyone else had the stomach flu while being pregnant??? any suggestions????


Emy - December 3rd, 2005 4:18 PM

Yes! I just had it two weeks ago when I was at 27 weeks. I could not keep anythingh down for 7 hours and I had it coming out at both ends. I could not even keep water down. It totally sucked! It was probably one of the worst sicknesses I have had and, like you, I was nervous for baby. But at 1 am, at the worst of it, I called my doctor who a__sured me that baby was totally fine in there although I felt like hell. She just told me to make sure I take my multivitamin when I can start keeping things down and to be kind to my stomach when it gets better. The good news is that it never lasts more than 24 hours. Mine lasted about 7 hours of vomitting and diarrhea. The first thing I was able to keep down was cold flat sprite. After that I was able to eat dry multigrain toast and popsicles. I drank apple juice later that night and plain pasta. By the next day I was back to semi-regular food and by day 3 was totally back to normal. My fever never got higher than 100 and fever is only dangerous in pregnancy once it gets to 104 or higher. So...I know it sucks hon, but I can a__sure you that baby will be fine. Just get through it. You don't want to eat and vomit because you lose electrolytes that way. It is much better just to not eat until you feel better. You will starve to death first before baby gets hungry. He will get everything from you he needs regardless of whether you are eating or not (hence why women in africa give birth to very healthy babies although they aren't always that healthy). So, I hope this helps. Oh, and one last thing. I was worried about dehydration and my doctor said, as long as you are still urinating you are not dehydrated. Only once you stop urinating should you think about an IV. Good luck! It will be over soon!


Jen - December 5th, 2005 2:33 PM

Don't worry...everything will be ok. I had the 24 hour flu at 27 weeks also and I was worried sick! Same as Emy mentioned, no food or water...but mine lasted for the full 24 hours, yuck! I did as Emy mentioned and gradually started drinking and eating really bland foods until I was completely better within a couple days. Hope you are feeling better!


april - January 24th, 2006 2:25 PM

I am 16 weeks pregnant and suffering from the stomach flu.It made me have a set back of severe hyperemesis.My doctor had to put me back on medrol.I am starting to feel a little better.I started sipping a little bit of cold water at a time.It seemed to help some and it helps to keep from getting dehydrated.


andrea - January 24th, 2006 2:51 PM

I had it for a few days-started out as vomiting for one day- then ran a high fever for another day-then ended with this nasty cough for a couple a weeks. The vomiting and fever pa__sed quick thank god- hopefully it will for you too. Theirs really nothing you can do-just wait it out! The stomach flu is the worst-I really hope you start to feel better. Water really made me vomit more! If you get really thirsty-sierra mist helped me-and it stayed down.


Dulcy - June 5th, 2006 2:42 PM

I'm currently 11 weeks pregnant and unfortunately, my 13 month old daughter is in daycare and brings all sorts of stuff home...including stomach viruses...ugh! So today has been a yucky day for both me and my hubby...though worse for me. He's not vomiting anymore...I'm still vomiting every 45 minutes or so...given up try to eat anything...just trying to drink some of my daughter's apple liquilytes, and maybe some sierra mist later... This happened also during my first pregnancy (though it was food poisoning that time)... Only thing that really sucks is that we can't take Pepto-Bismol while pregnant...that's the best stuff there is for something like this!


Atarahsmommy - June 5th, 2006 4:01 PM

I got the stomach flu at about 15 weeks, it really sucked beacuse I was just starting to get over the m/s I thinkI had even gone a day w/out vomitting and then I got the flu, yuck, it was hard to get to eating right again after because when I went too long w/out food it was hard to eat w/out getting sick, but I had to eat some and drink because otherwise I puke bile and thats no fun, I'm now 33 weeks and everything is perfectly normal, so dont worry about it


DeeJay - June 6th, 2006 7:26 AM

I had the stomach flu at 26 weeks and i ended up in the hospatol becaus it was so bad. I didn't each anything for 4 days. I drank pedialite, and that was it. They put me on medicine that they give to chemo patients for vomiting and nausia, and it did help, but it is very expensive if you don't had insurance or if your insurance doesn't cover it. I was sick for a whole week, but my baby was fine. I lost 7 lbs but gained it all back pretty quickly!! I can truely say that was the worst I have ever felt in my whole life, I really wanted to die!! I couldn't even talk or watch tv for 3 days! It was scary, but it is amazing how strong our babys are, she did just fine.


JESS1980 - June 6th, 2006 8:39 AM

Kim: I also had the stomach flu. I was around 25 weeks at the time. It lasted for about 48 hours. I tried eating and drinking while I was sick, but I kept throwing everything up. I was worried about hurting my baby too....but he's been fine!!! I'm sure your's is fine too!


babymommy - February 13th, 2007 10:09 PM

I'm 24 weeks pregnant and had to go to the hospital just yesterday and got diagnosed with the stomach flu. I was worried about my baby too not being able to eat or keep anything down and when things came up they came up and out at the same time. My throwing up was so bad I was heaving. Now i eat pretty well but my muscles are very very sore still from all the dry heaving. They gave me 2 bags of saline at the hospital and eventually a tray of clear fluids after they monitored the baby (whose fine).


MichelleB - February 14th, 2007 7:32 AM

27 weeks, I had the stomach flu that turned into a cough. I didtn take anythign for it, and asked the doctor if it would affect the baby, and she said probably not, but they couldnt be sure. As for Eating and drinking, as long as you keep hydrated, I am sure your bean is fine! Feel better soon!


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