Post # 1
Anyone else getting ready to TTC and freaked out by the Zika virus? We live in a part of the US that is expected to see Zika spread. I just saw that it is also now confirmed to be sexually transmissible, so even if I quarantined myseld inside for the entire mosquito season, if my husband gets bitten, baby could be at risk. I don’t want to freak out too much, but am just watching the news waiting to see what happens. I don’t think we will start TTC before talking to our doctor to get his opinion first.
Post # 2
I would wait and see. It’s extremely scary. Putting off TTC for a few months until we know more would be the safest option, In My Humble Opinion. We were planning on honeymooning in Bali or Hawaii, but now I’m not sure. Zika is not going to spread to where I live, but I like to travel, so it will definitely factor into my plans.
Does anybody know if you get Zika, whether this will affect future pregnancies? Or do you have to be infected specifically when you are pregnant (or for the guy, when the sperm is produced)? I won’t be pregnant on my honeymoon, but we were going to start trying about 3 months afterwards.
Post # 3
I can’t find a source right now, but I think the CDC said that SO FAR they believe a mother’s future pregnancies are not at risk after the virus is no longer in her blood. I’ll see if I can find a link.
Edit: They discuss it here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/question-answers.html
Post # 4
There is very little information about the Zika virus because they really don’t know much about it. I don’t trust that there will be timely and accurate information available. I just don’t have faith in the system.
There are risks in our daily lives that could harm us. We can get sick from drinking or bathing in our water, eating unwashed fruits and veggies, tainted food, and many other things that we do or don’t do on a daily basis that we don’t even think about. Just be careful with what you put in and on your body.
I just got back from a vacation in a tropical area that has a very high mosquito population. My husband and I were very careful and returned home without any bug bites. Like I said, I’m very particular about my body. I am not a fan of DEET, so we used a herbal bug spray. If we had been bitten and something terrible happened to our kids (even 10 years from now) that could be attributed to that vacation I would hate myself forever. The whole situation breaks my heart because we travel a lot and are very fond of Central America. I don’t want to put my life on hold, so I will continue to be safe in everything I do.