(Closed) Honeymoon to Barbados, zika??

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
660 posts
Busy bee

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lulu_bell :  we already had our may honeymoon in aruba booked by the time zika got there, and after talking to my doctor and doing research, we still went (and had a blast). mosquitos love me too, so i packed a ton of bug spray, stayed vigilant and we made sure not to get pregs on the trip, even though that had been the goal all along, so it sucked! but, we were fine. i got 1 bite, DH had none. there were pregnant women all over the place in aruba, and no one really talked about the virus.

CDC and my dr said to avoid pregnancy while in country AND for 8 weeks if you come back with no symptoms, 6 months if either partner is symptomatic. unfortunately for us, we tried to get the zika test done when we got home and our state turned us down for not being pregnant or symptomatic, which was ridiculous. we are pretty sure we didn’t get exposed (1 bug bite) but need to wait 8 weeks before unprotected sex/TTC. almost there!

i say talked to your Fiance and your dr. they’re learning more about the disease every day. while it’s not worth the risk, it’s hard to assess the risk at this point, too. just make sure neither of you get bit and you should be ok. most resorts spray for mosquitos – their country’s economy is based on tourism and they don’t want to let zika discourage people from traveling there.

Post # 3
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Ditto what above poster said.

My doctor told me to avoid any places with a Zika risk if we were planning to TTC within a year of going traveling. Mainly because there are still so many unknowns about the disease. If we were not planning on TTC this year, I’d be in Jamaica this September!!

Post # 4
691 posts
Busy bee

We went to Jamaica and stayed at a Sandals. Our resort sprayed regularly for mosquitos, and I did not get bit a single time at our resort, and usually they eat me alive. 

On the last night of our honeymoon, we visisted another Sandals (they shuttle you between all of the nearby resorts), and I got bit several times. The concierge provided me with some bug spray, and that seemed to help. The second resort was must more lush, so I’m wondering if that was the reason why the bugs were worse.

That being said, get some bug spray. Also, check into your resort’s policies on spraying the grounds. You can also look into certain foods that help keep mosquitos away.

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