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Immunity after delivery

Discussion in 'Post Pregnancy Care' started by AnithaPartha, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. AnithaPartha

    AnithaPartha IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Ladies,

    I delivered my baby on Nov 28th,2009. Last week I joined work.
    Since a week I was having sore throat which turned into bacterial infection & severe pain in throat. I also have ear infection and whity puzz on my tonsils area. Yday I showed my throat to my aunty(primary case dcotor) and she put me on antibiotics and asked me to still give my milk for my baby.

    My question is aunty told me my immunity is still low after delivery and it is normal like.. I got this viral infection followed by eye infection last July(when I was preg and aunty told me my immunity was low during preg nu)..

    Any ladies faced such situations? Am planning to take off for atleast 10days before I join back.. I stay in NJ and travelling to NY daily.. That may be the case also like going in public I may get viruses..

    Share ideas pls.. I rarely get all this infections but this is 2nd time am getting such viral infec tion after preg and once during preg..
     
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  2. lee50

    lee50 Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Anitha,

    After pregnancy there is very little resistance and the immunity does get low. There are certain precautions which a mother has to take into consideration like prevention of cold w.r.t to not taking chilled food/ drinks, wearing slippers, cover the head with a shawl, taking hot water bath, sipping hot/ warm water. Certain climatic conditions too could deter the problem.
    I have noticed that any home food agrees with me now and outside food will lead to indigestion and prone to colds immediately than was before pregnancy.
     
  3. sarajara

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    Anitha,

    Sorry to hear about ur heaalth. Take Care.

    Pregnancy reduces the immunity levels and it takes quite soem time to regain back to the same form.

    you need to take household precautions - in simple words - going by the indian customs :) Yes yaar, they are created with a reason and most of them have noting related to superstition.

    If you are a veggie - then take soups - more of garlic iuncluded stuff - masala gravies- with less spice.

    If you are a non veggie - more easy - chicken soup , Paya and kheema ( koththu kari) would help a lot in regaining the strength.

    Try to get the prasava lehiyam from some naatu marundhu kadai in India and keep having it daily and add more ghee to your diet when having the same.

    you need to be a bit careful on juices, outside food, drinking water and stuff. Please don't get scared or panic after reading this post - I am just summing up all that i know on the care after delivery and nothing alarming on your omplaints.Now that its only hardly 3 months since u delivered, and you have started going out of the house ( ie. work) you need to be a bit careful.

    My Wishes for a speedy recovery and regards to sairithik n Partha :)
     
  4. AnithaPartha

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    Thank you dears..
    But still I dont have a happy news.. Suffering from severe throat pain, ear pain caused by bacterial infection :spin
    Dh is trying to convince me a lot.. Am going thru a tough cycle.. Not even going near Rithi too... Feel so sad & down :drowning

    I was very careful.. But NY weather is too harsh for me.. Snow & shifting to new apartment put me down may be.. When never I took hair bath I never take anything cold.. Adding, my doctor says in winter virus & bacteria are everywhere & my problem has nothing to do with cold stuff seems.. Not coz of cold drinks(though I dont drink anything cold) but due to virus due to my less immunity..

    Ladies, Anybody faced such baterial infections after delivery? Am taking antibiotics & doing salt water gargling... Since immunity is low it takes a lot of time ot get well seems :hide:

    I wish I wont go out for another 2weeks..
     
  5. Happysoul1234

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    Anitha so sorry to hear about the throat infection. I got one too when aadit was around a year old and it was baad. Amoxycylin did not work for me and they had to put me on something stronger.

    Take MV to build up immunity.

    And make sure that you either wash your hands or use the antibacterial gel once every hour when you are out. This one tip has got me through this winter season without catching a cold.

    And do watch out on the antibiotic for affect on milk supply. Mine almost died out when I was on the antibiotic, had to pump once or twice extra per day to keep up the flow while on antibiotics. And do stay away from the over the counters like tylenol cold, advil pm, sudafed etc. They can dry up your milk in a day!

    Also, do take steam if you can. Boil a pot of water, put your head over it and cover with a towel. or just close all doors/windows in the bathroom, run the shower at the hottest sitting and read a book sitting on the loo for 15 minutes twice a day.

    hope you feel better soon.
     
  6. AnithaPartha

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    Pooja - What is that MV? How many days did you get this? And that was a bacterial infec on throat? Am getting this prob only in NY area.. I have not got anything like this when I was in India but.. may be my immunity is down in USA sicne I got preggie & delivered baby in
    USA :(

    Thank GOD no cold/cough for me. But having severe puss in tonsils and pain and also ear pain since ENT are connected together :(

    Am currently taking AMOX-CLAV 825mg twice a day and very safe during bf ing seems..Also, taking IBU profen 2 every 8 hrs once and 1 tylenol every 4hrs once.. I thank pain killers as of now coz pain is not managenable at all.. My doc aunty tell me am too young and cant tolerate pain seems.. Not sure.. Coz, am like her son age.. so may be !!!
    But this is like a killing infection for me.. No other words to tell out.. I had this type of infection(viral) when I was 4mon preg and that time also immunity was low.. So I think during low immunity times I should avoid public(not sure how to do this???) coz, I cant get a separate bus for myself :)

    I started going in path trains, buses & taxis and ended up with bacterial infection.

    Am the person at home who washes hands n no of times dear.. My worry is though doing all this I got infec.. Poor thing :spin

    Any veg/fruits will improve immunity power? Or any spec juices? let me know..
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2010
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    MV is multivitamin .. also you could take a fish oil supplement for immunity. I take the one from trader's joe. yah me had a really bad sore throat / infection to the point where my tongue was thick coated white, I could not swallow or anything. plus I had severely bad congestion which meant I could only breathe through my mouth. amox-clav worked wonders for me, jsut 7 days and it cleared up. doc prescribed for 14 days, told me to stop after 7 if it worked. saving the rest of the supply for india trip ... I am sure I will get an infection there. it does reduce the bm a bit, but not as badly as the decongestants.

    if you are using public transport a lot, just keep a bottle of the anti bacterial gel on you at all times and use it often. it works wonders.

    don't know of any special juices. but do drink lots of water, take multi vitamin, fish oil supplement and wash hands often.

    hope you feel better soon. amox-clav is a wonderful medicine, give it a few days to work its magic!
     
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    BTW anitha still having the coxxy bone pain. after 20+ months of suffering I went to a chiro last friday and in just 2 sessions he has reduced my coxxy bone pain by 90%. I heartily recommend you doing the same.
     
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    Pooja - Am really lucky to post this thread in IL.. Getting so mnay info.. Little relaxed.. coz, I had no clue when I will get well like.. Daily AM DH used to ask my condition and I keep on teling same reply - not well still & felt bad..

    Let me see if it will work for me. But I heard from aunty that she gave me a very good AB and I will recover soon like..

    Between, see ladies are the worst part suffering thru all these pains na? Am scared to get preggie again.. Really scared coz of low immunity am real time ex to suffer a lot..

    Let me solve one by one.. Let my infection gets solved then will see coccy pain prob.. Also, whats that fish oil? Can I take fish oil medicine kinda of thing? Let me know..

    Am a veggie.. Do I have to eat NV to improve my immunity? let me know..

    For me ear pain too and I feel really scared what if I wont hear anyting later.. DH laughed and asked me to relax and rest well.. Now, not talking to anybody coz I couldn't open my mouth that well.. :drowning

    1. What anti baterial gel for hand wash?
    2. Am taking prenatal vitamins since before I got preggie..
    3. Fish medicine any idea?
     
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    1. What anti baterial gel for hand wash?

    You can get it at walmart or target. anti bacterial gel. One brand is germ-x. you just take a small amount rub it between your hands and you are germ free.

    Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps | Dr Greene.com

    Amazon.com: Germ-X 12 fl oz Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E - Original(pack of 2): Health & Personal Care

    2. Am taking prenatal vitamins since before I got preggie..

    That's good!

    3. Fish medicine any idea?

    See in India when I was a kid they used to give cod liver oil tablets even though I am veggie too. Same thing here. they call it omega 3 fish oil supplement. I like the trader joe version because they process it such that you don't get fish tasting burps afterwards.
     

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