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Pneumonia During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Pneumonia During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by: Dr. Shilva
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Pneumonia is a serious lung infection which is often a problem of the common cold or flu that occurs due to infection and spreads to the lungs. Maternal pneumonia is a term used for pneumonia that occurs during pregnancy. Pneumonia is a serious and fatal illness for all. Certain groups are at a greater risk of difficulties, which includes pregnant women.

Symptoms of Maternal Pneumonia

Pneumonia starts as flu or cold, you might experience symptoms like body aches, sore throat, and headache. Maternal pneumonia symptoms may include:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Chest pain
  • Fever

Maternal pneumonia symptoms do not usually differ between your trimesters.

Causes of Pneumonia during Pregnancy:

Pregnancy can put you at risk of developing pneumonia. This is in part endorsed to natural immune inhibition during pregnancy. This usually happens as your body is working harder to support the growth of your baby. Pregnant women possibly will be more prone to the flu because this time of pregnancy you may have reduced lung capacity. So, this makes you more susceptible to pneumonia.

Pneumonia is caused by a bacterial infections or flu virus that spreads to lungs. Often referred to as “community-acquired pneumonia.” Bacterial culprits include:

  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Mycoplasma pneumonia
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae

Following viral infections and complications can lead to pneumonia:

  • Influenza (flu)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Respiratory distress syndrome

Possible you may be at a higher risk of having pneumonia during pregnancy if you are:

  • Anemic
  • Frequently visiting nursing homes or hospital
  • Having asthma
  • Having a chronic illness
  • Working with young children
  • having a weakened immune system
  • Smoking

If you are suffering from bacterial pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics. But, antibiotics do not treat viral infections. To relieve pain and fever doctor may prescribe you over the counter pain relievers. For a recovery drink plenty of fluids and sleep well. Also, do not take any extra medicine or supplements that are not prescribed by your doctor.

 

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