Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Swine Flu

Posted on: July 22, 2009

There has been considerable debate about pregnancy and swine flu in the media over the past week.  Pregnant women are more susceptible to catching swine flu and more at risk of complications because their immune system is naturally suppressed, however, the Government stressed most swine flu victims suffered only mild symptoms.

The National Childbirth Trust have been criticised for suggesting that women consider delaying a pregnancy during the current flu outbreak, however the Government say that “It is particularly important that anyone who has existing health problems and is thinking about starting a family should talk to their GP first” – this would be standard, sensible advice whether or not there is a flu outbreak.

The Royal College of Midwives said pregnant women should avoid public transport, unnecessary travel and crowds as well as following standard hygiene advice.

It is important to remember that for the vast majority of people (including pregnant women) that, although unpleasant, influenza is self-limiting and the vast majority of people will make a quick recovery.

Obviously if you are unwell do follow the Government’s advice http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Swineflu/DG_177831 or contact your doctor or midwife for advice.

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