How to Handle a Fever During Pregnancy
Fevers aren't fun on a normal day and they're certainly not a party when you're pregnant! In fact, a high fever during pregnancy can be dangerous for your baby, especially during the first trimester, so it's best to do everything you can to reduce your temperature if you happen to find yourself suffering from the sweats and the shakes. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Take Your Temperature
Take your temperature so you know exactly what you're working with. If you're below 101 degrees Fahrenheit, you can tough it out at home. But if you're hotter than that you should take a trip to the doctor's office just to be safe. If you think you can pull yourself through it, consider that a little precautionary action will benefit you AND your baby! Taking an active role in your health while you're pregnant is vital during these important nine months.
Fevers can deplete your body fluids so make sure to hydrate yourself! And don't just drink water when you think of it--carry around a cup or bottle of something to remind yourself. You need to drink more than normal when you have a fever. Sucking on ice chips can help, although it takes more of these to fully hydrate so make sure you're consuming enough if you go with this route.
Cool Yourself Down
Use a cool compress or even an ice pack to cool down. Placing them on your wrists, forehead, or even in places where large veins/arteries run (like between the top of your legs or under the arms right below the armpit) can cool you down very quickly. Wetting a wash cloth in cool water is a quick and easy way to make a cool compress at home.
Talk to Your Doc
When in doubt, talk to your doctor. It's a good idea to ask her or him before taking a fever reducer like acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), even though it's generally considered safe to take during pregnancy.