Can a Cold Hurt My Baby if I am Pregnant?

on Mar 13, 2013

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Can a Cold Hurt My Baby if I am Pregnant?

While pregnant, you might fall sick or come down with a mild illness such as a cold. The good news for you is that a cold will not harm your developing baby.

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Colds will not harm your developing baby

However, sometimes, even after taking very good care and doing what is required, you might fall sick or come down with a mild illness such as a cold. The good news for you is that a cold will not harm your developing baby. The catch here is that you should ensure that your body temperature does not exceed the normal temperature by too much. If you can take good care when you catch a cold, you can be sure that it won’t harm your child at all.

Common cold while pregnant

Common colds might be a mild illness but it has the potential to make you feel extremely uncomfortable. In the few days that you catch a cold, you are very irritated and weak and you feel like doing nothing. This discomfort is magnified during pregnancy. This is normal because you are carrying a child and you don’t need to worry because your body will take care of the cold and will make sure your baby is not harmed. In fact, falling sick during pregnancy is nothing rare or abnormal. It is actually very common because during pregnancy, your immune system is weaker and this is why you are more prone to illness than usual.

High fever can harm your baby

When you catch a cold, the only thing you should make sure of is that the temperature is not high. High fever can harm your baby. The baby will easily survive all the symptoms of a cold except for high fever. High fever will threaten the safety of your child. Your body temperature has to be below 103 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. Temperatures above this number are very harmful. If you suffer with high fever, you should rush to hospital without any delay at all.


When it comes to treating cold, you can do it in a number of ways. Take good rest and drink lots of water and other fluids. Fluids containing vitamin C such as orange juice are especially helpful against cold. Include dairy and whole grains in your diet to cure cold. Don’t take medicines for cold during pregnancy until and unless your doctor asks you to. If you want to take any medicines, go to the doctor first and ask him about the safety of the drugs. Only when she gives the green signal should you take any medications.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • mrs.mohammad

    hi! im 7 week pregnant and got sick.having flu and cold.kindly tell me that it will harm to my baby? or what are special care should i do now days?thankthanks.

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  • sbsieber

    Hi mrs.mohammad – this reply is coming to you 2 years after your initial post. Just wondering how everything worked out for you? My daughter is 20 wks pregnant and has the flu, and I’m concerned. Hope all is well.

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