Post # 1
**We see my doctor next week for our 12 week appointment and I will obviously ask her this question and follow her advice first and foremost.
In the meantime, I’m curious what others have heard about traveling to a country with identified Zika cases while pregnant. I have heard of a few acquaintances traveling to the Caribbean for babymoons while pregnant, and seen a few Instagram posts from pregnant strangers in these places as well. Are there certain times it is okay to travel to these places (ie dry season with less mosquitoes), or are they taking a risk? As we are starting to kick around ideas for our babymoon I’m curious what others have recently heard about restrictions.
Post # 2
I wouldn’t take the chance. There are plenty of places that you can go with no Zika risk.
Post # 3
Not a risk I’m willing to take, personally.
Post # 4
On one hand, zika has always been a risk, its not new. People have been travelling to these places for years with minimal issues. People also LIVE there, and don’t stop their lives or move if they get pregnant. Not all mosquitos carry zika, and even if you get bit it’s not a guarantee you get it, and if you do get it, its not a guarantee that your baby is at risk.
On the other hand, I just came back from mexico during their dry season, and even absolutely slathered in bug spray I still got 10+ bites, and the resort sprays every morning. Going during dry season and covering yourself in bug spray is NOT a solution to not get bit.
It’s still going to be a risk. It’s just up to you how much of a risk you want to take.
As pp says, there are many places that are zika free. The extra money for them might be worth the peace of mind for you and baby!
Post # 5
jellybellynelly : Good points, thank you. I always get tons of bites in the mountains, but have never gotten any on a tropical vacation, but would be so upset/mad at myself if I got even one in a country labeled at-risk.
There are so many places I want to go, but my husband wants to stay closer to home so the Caribbean seemed like a good compromise. Will have to continue to think on it!
Post # 6
I am SO confused about this as well. we are TTC soon after our wedding and trying to plan our honeymoon around places its safe to travel. i put the link for the CDC page that tells the current risk. according to this there is no increased risk from moast places in the US to all of south america and the carribean? so me living in the United states has the same chance of getting zika from our mosquitos as i would taking a vacation in the carribean?
Post # 7
waiting4gk : I think it depends where in the US you live. Some areas is Florida (Dade county) have/had the infected mosquitoes, but most of the rest of the country does not. I found another CDC map that showed the areas of the US that are at risk, but I’m having trouble finding it again.
We did a European honeymoon in Fall 2019 to avoid the stress of worrying about Zika, but of course now that I’m pregnant all I want to do is lay on a beach and get spa treatments.
I’ve heard there is a test that can be done when you return from a trip to see if you have the virus, but probably better to avoid altogether if you want to start trying right away.
Post # 8
bear123 : Yes that was the plan to avoid the areas all together, but then i saw that map and got VERy confused! lol.. i see that bermuda has no risk though, that might be a great option for your babymoon! good luck planning and congratulations on your pregnancy! 🙂
Post # 9
waiting4gk : It is so confusing! I will check out Bermuda, thanks!! Congrats on your marriage!
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
bear123 : We have been avoiding areas with zika transmitting mosquitoes since we got married. Bermuda is a lovely island and we’ve gone back twice. We call it our happy place and I honestly feel very at home there. It’s an expensive island compared to most in the Caribbean, but beautiful and worth the peace of mind. The Grotto Bay Beach resort is phenomenal. If you don’t stay there, you HAVE to get a massage at their spa! Aside from that, we’ve traveled throughout Europe and domestically. I’m hoping that we’ll have a babymoon to plan for this summer (if our fertility treatment works) so it’s fun to think about 🙂 Best of luck deciding!
Post # 11
i was investigating this recently when trying to plan a spring break trip and it seems like they have lifted the travel restrictions for many places (for example, most caribbean countries are now listed at the same risk level as the US).
ultimately, i just didn’t want to be worried about it (even if the risk is minimal) when i could just as easily go to the beach in florida and save the caribbean for another time.
Post # 12
We are currently TTC and have been for the past few months. We recently went to Bermuda and stayed in an AirBnB and honestly it was it best beach vacation ever. The island was very safe, the people are so nice and the beaches are the nicest we’ve seen in all of the Caribbean. We also plan to go to Turks and Caicos on our next trip since it is Zika free. Just google Zika free Caribbean islands and you will find a couple of them. I personally wouldn’t take the risk if you are currently pregnant, but that’s just me.
Post # 13
The Caribbean is fully out for us now, based on what I’ve read here, the fact I don’t want to risk it, and it wasn’t my ideal place anyway.
I ideally want to go on one more “big” trip, to a place where traveling with a child is not likely in the next few years. My ideals would be the Seychelles or Spain. My husband is more of a home-body and would prefer to go somewhere closer and more easily accessible, especially after our long multi-stop honeymoon this past fall. This is probably smarter, but I struggle with going to Hawaii or somewhere else domestic when we could go somewhere international and new. This brought me to a few places in the Caribbean we haven’t been to yet. But I think Bermuda might be our best bet. I also realize my OB could say that sticking close to home is necessary, so putting a lot of thought into this is silly, but daydreaming about it is helping me get through a frustrating workweek.
Post # 14
Yup, I’ve heard Bermuda is the only remotely tropical island that is Zika safe. Anything in the Caribbean is off-limits, as well as Mexico and Central America. It’s more important to be safe rather than sorry.
I do, though, suggest Bermuda for your babymoon. It’s an AMAZING place 🙂