Zika and Pregnancy

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This has been worrying me since I first read about it online. If you haven’t heard about this, it’s a virus that spreads through the bite a mosquito. Not just any mosquito, mind you, it is the Aedes aegypti mosquito that bites in the morning and late afternoon/evening hours. So those mosquito nets won’t even help you because they don’t bite you until you are awake. But just in case, use the mosquito nets. Like they say, better safe than sorry. The zika virus doesn’t hit people very hard. You just feel general aching, malaise, fever, pink eye, rash and headache. This lasts usually 2-7 days. Now the problem arises in pregnant women. It’s not the woman who gets affected too much, it’s the growing fetus inside of her. The first case for 2016 was from a baby that was born in Hawaii in January.

Now it has been spreading through sexual contact. It’s mainly males who are coming back to America and infecting their mates. The testes are not affected by the immune system of the body so that is why the virus lingers there. No one really knows how long. There are no reports yet as to women and their role in transferring the virus (if they do). So for safety, men should wear condoms when having sex.

There are also many conspiracy theories out there that we probably shouldn’t listen to. Here is an article debunking those myths: 4 Myths About the Zika Virus. Here is a map and number of cases nationwide: Zika in America. We should, at this time, avoid traveling to the following locations:

  1. Cape Verde
  2. Caribbean
  3. Central America
  4. Mexico
  5. Pacific Islands
  6. South America

Here are all the things about Zika and pregnancy and how you can protect yourself from mosquito bites: Zika and Pregnancy

Now that it’s March, it’s getting a little warmer and I’m getting more worried. I’m trying not to stress so much but since this is our first baby, I’m freaking out more. I just don’t want anything to happen. I feel like as it gets closer to the date, I just might stay home a little more. We’ll see.

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