(Closed) Fear of zika… would you go?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Yes, the risk is minimal and you are overthinking it.

Post # 4
3224 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

blahblahgirl :  I would not and I’m a little surprised to hear your doctor seems to be encouraging(?) you to go. I’m pregnant and my doctor won’t even “let” me travel to Florida. Of course, you have to decide to do what is best for you, but I would not want to risk it, personally. I was also under the impression that tests were very limited and hard to come by (reserved for pregnant people exhibiting symptoms, and most people are asymptomatic), but that could have changed recently. 

Post # 5
7032 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

blahblahgirl :  I am TTC and have decided that I’m just not living in fear of Zika or halting my travel plans. I was in Costa Rica back in March, and headed to Mexico this winter. I was initally very concerned about Zika when it first came out. It was all over the news and contantly talked about. My Darling Husband has a job that keeps him traveling to places like that a good portion of the year, and we have no choice in the matter. The more I’ve researched the less I’m worried. Obviously you should only ever take medical advice from your doctor, and I’m not a doctor, but it’s just my personal opinion. I am usually pro “listen to the doctor, they’re the ones with the medical degree” but Zika is just one thing I can’t get on board with. I am not denying that it exists, I just don’t think it’s the cause of the major amounts of micocephaly in Brazil.

Post # 8
175 posts
Blushing bee

This is not medical advice because I’m not a doctor, nor am I an expert regarding Zika, but I’ve heard people say they aren’t concerned unless they’re already pregnant. I think if you were already pregnant as opposed to trying to conceive after the trip it would be a different conversation with your doctor. 

Post # 9
1184 posts
Bumble bee

Personally, I’m TTC and there’s no way I’d be going anywhere where there’s a risk. But then I’m in the UK and tend not to do long haul holidays.

Post # 10
2592 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

As a society we have no ide how long it stays in the semen of men or how long it stays active in the blood of women. If you contracted it before being pregnant, it could still affect the fetus potentially months or years down the line. We simply don’t have enough research about the long term effects on pregnancy POST contraction of Zika. 

It’s a cost benefit analysis really. Are you willing to take that risk for this? 

Post # 11
1191 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m 40w5d pregnant (ugggh) and I opted not to travel to any potential zika areas WHILE pregnant, but as long as you wait for test results before TTC, I see no problem whatsoever. 

One thing though – I would get your husband tested before TTC as well, as it can be transmitted sexually.

Post # 12
279 posts
Helper bee

If it were me I would go and take precautions (wear bug spray, stay indoors, wear long pants and long sleeves). But then I would hold off TTC for a few months just to be safe.  Not sure how long the test takes to get back. Will your husband be able to get the test too?  If there was any chance I was pregnant I wouldn’t go.  

Post # 13
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

I would not go,  but the final decision is yours

Post # 14
403 posts
Helper bee

blahblahgirl :  We went to Hawaii in April. Zika warnings everywhere. We’re fine. I think the media is overplaying this.

Post # 15
3115 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I was just at an obgyn conference on Thursday. There was a talk about Zika and honestly it scared me. I wouldn’t be traveling to the Dominican a month before trying to get pregnant. Maybe not even 6 months. They’re still researching this virus and the impact on long term fertility for me and women still is not completely understood. 

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