Is it COVID-19? Flu? How to Navigate Sickness During Pregnancy
Runny nose? Sore Throat? Is it just a cold? Or COVID? It’s hard to tell what’s what lately. We know being sick during pregnancy can be scary. The two most important things to remember is that if you have a fever your baby has a fever and if you have low oxygen your baby has low oxygen.
If you had asked the experts here at a Wumblekin two months ago how to tell the difference between COVID-19 and a cold we would have had a much different answer than we do today. The truth is, with the new variants it is becoming harder and harder to tell. If you have a sore throat, dry cough, loss of taste or smell, and even new onset of nausea and vomiting, these are all signs of COVID-19 infection in pregnant people. As you can see below, the symptoms between cold, flu, COVID-19 and even Strep, have a lot of commonalities.
Cold Symptoms: Runny or stuffy nose, cough, mild fatigue
Flu Symptoms: Shortness of breath, cough, fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, stuffy nose, nausea and vomiting, chills
COVID-19 Symptoms: Shortness of breath, cough, fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, stuffy nose, nausea and vomiting, chills, loss of taste or smell, sneezing
Strep Throat Symptoms: Sore throat, pain while swallowing and talking, fever
If you are sick, please contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions.
Our basic advice (so at the very minimum) is to stay hydrated and monitor your temperature, the baby’s movement, and your oxygen. If your fever cannot be controlled with Tylenol, your baby is moving less than normal or you are short of breath and have concerns about your oxygenation, we encourage you to head to your healthcare provider as soon as possible to be monitored, even if it’s the middle of the night. We always say it’s better to overreact than underreact in these situations.
**Remember this information is meant to be informational to you, please contact your provider if you have any questions or concerns. Information about COVID-19 is changing every day. This is the information we have at this point in time.