Need your advice! – Travelling to Zika outbreak areas?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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poiuyt456 :  We traveled to Mexico in March (after having a MMC in February) and got tested for Zika when we returned.  Just a simple blood test but it was a pain to get scheduled as approval had to go through the government.  Glad we did get tested because I was bit while we were there and we conceived again in April.  Test results were negative.  Zika has significantly decreased since the outbreak.  While I definitely wouldn’t go if I were already pregnant, I would go if I were willing to test as soon as I got back and had no problem waiting 6 months (while having only protected sex) before getting pregnant (in the event of a positive test).   

Post # 17
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I know that my opinion is not a popular one, but here goes.  I am 37, and got married last month, and my husband and I want to start trying right away to have a baby.

We had a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta.  We did not see one mosquito, all of the resorts spray for mosquitoes, and I was told my both my wedding planner and many hotel staff that they do not have Zika.

I just got back from my honeymoon this morning.  We went on a 2 week Carribean cruise.  We visited Key West, Costa Maya, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.  I never saw a single mosquito, and neither my husband or I got bitten.  

My doctor has asked us to monitor ourselves for 2 weeks following our return for symptoms, and then if no symptoms, it’s baby making time!

Bottom line… only you know what you will be comfortable with.  Neither my husband or I are prone to mosquito bites.  I happen to think the whole Zika thing is blown out of proportion, and most of the locals I talked to said the same thing.  We did use bug spray in Costa Maya and Costa Rica when we were on tours that took us away from the beach and resort areas.





Post # 18
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m origanally from Curacao but live in Belgium now. I went back home to baptise my toddler in June this year and a month later found out I was pregnant. I did the blood test and there was confusion at first. Because I was born there and lived there for 17 years I probably came into contact with some virus and they kept reacting with the test since they’re really sensitive. My doctor told me almost everyone they tested was negative unless they’ve had symptoms before. After 2 weeks I was cleared, I’m 21 weeks pregnant right now with a healthy baby. Almost every one in my family still lives there, and I have 2 cousins who had healthy happy babies since the outbreak. There isn’t a single baby affected reported there but here it’s still on the no no list.

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