It’s normal to feel worried or concerned if you get sick while you’re pregnant. You might wonder what you can do, what medication you can take, or whether you should stop eating what you usually do.
If you get sick during your pregnancy, make sure to call your doctor’s office to get their advice. Even if it’s just a cold or the flu, they’ll want to know when you’re feeling ill. They will be able to help you determine whether further measures need to be taken.
When you have diarrhea or think you have a viral infection, you’re going to need to increase your fluid intake. Drink a lot of water, juice, and other clear fluids (like broth). A bland diet (without solid food or dairy) may really help you feel a bit better.
Stopping your regular diet for a few days isn’t going to harm you or your baby, just make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids. If you have diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours, call your doctor and ask what medications you could take for diarrhea during pregnancy. It’s important that you not take any medication without first asking your doctor or healthcare provider. Typically, a viral illness won’t last long; you might have to stay home from work and rest in bed until you feel better.