Are You More Likely To Get Sick When You’re Pregnant? Experts Weigh In

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When you’re pregnant it can seem like you catch every cold or stomach bug that’s going around. An unfair reality, to be sure, because pregnancy makes you feel like garbage all by itself. Plus, when you’re pregnant you can’t take the good medications you usually rely on for relief. So if you’re currently growing a human inside your tired body, and you have yet another case of the sniffles, it’s natural to start to wonder if you’re more likely to get sick when you’re pregnant. Experts have an answer, it’s just that, well, it’s probably an answer that’s going to make your headache worse.

According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), your immune system is suppressed during pregnancy and, as a result of that suppression, you are actually more susceptible to illness. While that definitely sucks, no ifs, ands, or buts about it, there’s a good reason for your immune system to take lay low while you’re pregnant. According to What To Expert, your body is trained to fight off foreign invaders, which isn’t really a thing you want your body to do with that “foreign invader” is your growing baby. So your immune system takes some time off during pregnancy in order for the fetus to develop.


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