For pregnant mothers, precautions can seem overwhelming. Exercise–but not too much! Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Cut way down on caffeine. Take prenatal supplements. Don’t eat soft cheeses, they could have bad bacteria. Avoid fish with mercury. Don’t use hot tubs and saunas. Don’t change a cat’s litter box (really). Avoid certain drugs. . . the list goes on.
One of the most concerning precautions is that a fetus can be negatively impacted when the mom has a virus, like a cold or the flu (even with the flu shot). Why? Because the infection can cause fetal brain development problems that have been linked to an increased risk of ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia later in the child’s life.
Well, there is little a mom can do to avoid catching the flu or a cold! But there is now some terrific news.