It's known that flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. You could both get ill. All pregnant women should have the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their babies.
The flu vaccine can be given safely at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards. You can get the free flu jab from your GP, pharmacist or midwife.
Pregnant women benefit from the flu vaccine because it will:
If you have flu symptoms, you should talk to your doctor urgently. If you do have flu, there is a prescribed medicine that might help or reduce the risk of complications, but it needs to be taken as soon as possible after the symptoms appear.
The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby. It's free because you need it, however many months pregnant you are, and however fit and healthy you might feel.
Keep yourself warm. Your home should be at least 18C (65F). You may be eligible for financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating. See Keep Warm, Keep Well for details and visit Go Energy Shopping, the Ofgem website, to find the best deal for your gas and electricity.
Victoria Rooke, aged 40
From keeping your house warm, to protecting yourself from common ailments, find out how to stay healthy this winter on NHS Choices.