Tuesday, May 17, 2016
5 Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites During Pregnancy
If you follow regularly, you know that we live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro and I am in the second trimester of my pregnancy. The Zika virus terrifies me since there is a potential for an outbreak in our area. The idea of one mosquito bite causing my baby to have major disabilities or to not survive causes me stress. After all, our area is well known for mosquitoes, including the type that transmits Zika and another type that transmits West Nile virus. While many neighbors have mosquito misting systems and have their houses sprayed regularly, there are still mosquitoes that continuously swarm our area. While I'm happy to have our home sprayed, I'm hesitant about spraying myself with DEET-based repellents. While there is no bullet-proof solution, I'll share tips that I am personally following to try to minimize my chances of mosquito bites while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
1. Find an indoor location to go on walks.
I drive to a local mall before the shops open and walk laps in the air conditioned space. I had no idea that "mall walking" was a thing until a few weeks ago. It's nice because the mall has good air conditioning, shade, and I don't worry about mosquitoes breeding inside of the mall. Plus, I've met some nice people who regularly walk laps in the morning when the mall is quiet. It takes me approximately 12 minutes to walk one lap of the mall near us, so the laps and minutes add up quickly.
2. Use a mosquito repellent.
Personally, there was an employee at my workplace who had Zika, so the threat hit close to home for me. It's terrifying. Check with your OB/GYN about their recommendations and approval for bug repellant. One to ask about is the Buzz Away Extreme spray and/or wipes. I have been using this brand because I like that it is an all-natural insect repellant made with essential plant oils that delivers the same protection as many of the chemical filled DEET-based repellents. The Buzz Away Extreme has allowed me to resume my normal lifestyle because I feel more comfortable going outside now. I really needed this all-natural product because I feel so much healthier when I enjoy outdoor activities. I love taking my little one to the park and walking him to/from school. Honestly, I was skipping those activities before because I didn't want to use a chemical DEET-based repellent. I had to do some research to find an all-natural formula. I'm really happy with Buzz Away Extreme. I spray it on both my clothing and skin.
3. Wear clothing that covers your skin.
Now that I am in the second trimester, I needed to order another round of maternity clothing. (This baby is growing!) I ordered long sleeves tops, pants, and long dresses in summer fabrics to cover much of my skin. I then spray my clothing and exposed skin with the all-natural Buzz Away Extreme.
4. Avoid locations with active cases of Zika.
If possible, avoid locations with active cases of Zika. Follow the CDC advice of locations to avoid. Pregnancy is 9 months long which sometimes feels like an eternity. (Actually, even being halfway through my pregnancy has felt like an eternity!) However, in the big scheme of things, it's not that long and taking a vacation to a dangerous location with Zika virus is just not worth it.
5. Create a culture at home of closing doors quickly.
We have a rule at our house to close the doors quickly! My son used to come into the house and forget to close the door. We discussed the importance of closing the door quickly to avoid letting bugs, including mosquitoes, into the house. In addition, we rarely open our windows and keep screens in them in case we need to open them. We run our a/c all summer.
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