Pregnant women are just as susceptible to becoming infected with the stomach flu
(the medical term is viral gastroenteritis) as non-pregnant women.
Understanding Pregnancy and Stomach Flu
The cause of stomach flu is not bacteria (such as Salmonella
or Escherichia coli
), parasites (such as Giardia
), medications, or other medical conditions, although the symptoms may be similar.
Pregnancy and Symptoms of Stomach Flu
Similar to stomach flu in non-pregnant women, symptoms of stomach flu in pregnant women can include:
- Watery diarrhea
- Abdominal cramping ("stomach ache")
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle aches
- General sense of tiredness.
Stomach flu symptoms
in pregnant women can last anywhere from 1 to 10 days, depending on which virus a woman is infected with. Stomach flu symptoms can be mild to severe.