Pregnant woman shares concerns about H1N1

By Colleen Wells - bio | email

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The H1N1 virus has pregnant women on edge, especially after a central-Ohio woman recently died from it.

One local woman is Jenny Amstutz, mother of a 1-year-old and 5 months pregnant.

She says she's very concerned about the H1N1 virus. "It's scary. It's very scary. It's out there and everyone is talking about it."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say pregnant women and infants are reporting severe illnesses, saying Thursday that 36 children have died from the H1N1 Flu. More than two-thirds of those had underlying medical conditions, however.

Dr. Christopher Halasy, with UTMC, says, "I'm not sure they're more susceptible, but if they acquire H1N1, they're more at risk for complications from the flu."

Dr.  Halasy says pregnant women should be watching for flu-like symptoms, which include a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and a sore throat or cough.

Doctors also say aches, headaches, vomiting, or diarrhea are also warning signs.

If a pregnant woman meets any of these criteria, she should see her provider.

Dr. Halasy says there is medication available to treat the H1N1 virus and this fall a vaccine should be available.

It's something Jenny's waiting for. She'll get the shot, at her doctor's recommendation.

"There's so many things you can't control when you're pregnant so to have something, to feel like you can help, or you could do something about it, to help yourself and your baby, why wouldn't you?"

Until then she says she's stocking up on vitamins and orange juice and being extra careful.

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