Going into labor is an exciting day, but giving birth while sick can put a damper on the excitement! Today we’re sharing a few ways to cope if this happens to you! After all, you’re already survived so much during your pregnancy! From morning sickness to swollen ankles, your body has been put through the wringer. It hardly seems fair to come down with a cold on the big day!
Giving Birth While Sick: How To Cope
*This article is not meant to act as medical advice. Please check with your doctor before taking any medications.
It’s the end of your pregnancy and you come down with a nasty cold. You think, ‘This would be an awful time to go into labor’. Then your water breaks. So what happens now? Not that it makes you feel all that better when you’re suffering, but it is actually pretty common, and typically nothing to worry about.
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If you go into labor and you are told to stay home until your contractions are closer together, load up on vitamin C and rest. Listen to what the nurses and doctors tell you to do and be sure to drink enough fluids. If you have a fever, try cold cloths and Tylenol. Just like you would if you were not in labor.
Once you get to the hospital, they may make you don a mask, so you don’t spread those nasty germs to other moms (and babies) there. They may want you to wear an oxygen mask when it comes time to push. It will help! In the mean time, Tylenol is all you are probably going to get, and cold cloths to keep your temp down if you have one. Crushed ice is also an option, but they most likely will not allow you anything to eat. If you are feeling nauseous, they may give you some nausea medication.
Once your tiny bundle of joy makes an appearance, they will want to check him for signs of a cold or fever as well. In the unfortunate event that he is sick as well, hospital staff will work diligently to get his fever down and make him feel better on his first day of life.
Being sick is never a good time and being in labor is never fun. The combination of giving birth while sick can feel like you are dying! Rest assured you are not. In the end, looking at that beautiful little face you created will instantly make you feel better and forget how sick you are.
Have you been given birth while sick before? What did staff do for you? How horrible was it really? Share your experience with the rest and hopefully set some nerves at ease!