Can flu virus A (H1N1) be transmitted to the unborn baby?
It seems that the flu virus is not transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth. Only transmitted from mother to child through the airways. It is advisable to keep breastfeeding if the mother contracted influenza A. There are some standards of hygiene to reduce the risk of infection while breast-feeding.
So far everything seems to indicate that the influenza virus A (H1N1) does not cross the placenta barrier during pregnancy. At birth, in principle, there is no risk of infection through the blood of the mother with the baby.
The new flu is only transmitted from mother to baby through the airways, in droplets of saliva or nasal secretions in that is coughing, talking or sneezing.
However, it is important to note that, being a new virus emerging is not sufficient data on the effects of influenza A in pregnancy.
Moreover, experts advise to keep breastfeeding even if the mother contracts the flu after delivery. If taking antiviral prescription no reason to worry. The amount of medication that might contain breast milk is “insignificant” according to the Health experts.
The main reason for this measure is that breast milk contains antibodies that strengthen the baby’s immune system and protect it against possible diseases. However, mother should apply the following hygiene measures to prevent the spread of influenza A to the infant.
- Wash hands with soap and water before breastfeeding.
- Wear a mask in the shots to prevent infection through coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions.
- Use a breast pump in case of significant risk of contagion.