How to Break a Fever While Pregnant

by Maggie McCormick
You need extra fluids when you are pregnant with a fever.

You need extra fluids when you are pregnant with a fever.

A fever is your body's natural response to fighting an infection, and you would typically want to let it run its course. If you're pregnant, however, a high fever can disrupt your baby's growing process, especially if it's during your first trimester. Fevers in the first trimester have been linked to neural tube defects and even miscarriage. Unfortunately, your usual cold medicine is off the table during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do that will reduce your fever.

Items you will need

  • Acetaminophen
  • Bath tub
  • Light clothing
  • Orange juice
Step 1

Take acetaminophen to reduce the fever, unless your doctor has advised against it. Acetaminophen is a safe pain reliever and fever reducer throughout your pregnancy. Follow the dosage instructions on the bottle or that your doctor has given you.

Step 2

Soak in lukewarm water for five minutes. The mild temperature can cool you off and bring the fever down.

Step 3

Dress in lightweight clothes after your bath. Dressing too warmly can increase your temperature.

Step 4

Drink orange juice and water. A fever can cause your body to become dehydrated, and you need more fluids to fight the infection. Orange juice has the added benefit of vitamin C, which boosts immune system function.

Step 5

Rest. Often, a body needs to rest in order to heal. If you are active, you can increase your fever.

Tip

  • Call your doctor if the above suggestions are not working for you, if your fever is more than 101 degrees F and has been rising rapidly, or if it lasts more than two days.

Warnings

  • If your fever is 103 degrees F or higher, contact your doctor immediately, especially if you are in the first trimester.
  • Do not take any immune-boosting supplements, including vitamin C, unless you have approval from your doctor.

About the Author

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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