Gastroenteritis or Stomach Flu During Pregnancy

    Q: What is gastroenteritis or stomach flu? How is it treated during pregnancy?

    A: The medical term for symptoms such as stomach pain, fever, diarrhea and nausea with or without pregnancy is gastroenteritis. Pregnant women are just as susceptible to getting gastroenteritis as nonpregnant women.

    Another word for symptoms of gastroenteritis is stomach flu or food poisoning. There are many different causes of gastroenteritis or food poisoning including viruses or bacteria.
    Most instances of gastroenteritis last only a couple of days. If you do have any of these symptoms, make sure to drink plenty of liquids. Dehydration can cause premature contractions and fatigue and dizziness. Drink water, soda, tea or chicken soup. Take care of yourself the way you would if you weren't pregnant. If the symptoms are very severe or they persist for over 2-3 days, talk to your doctor.