(Closed) SPINOFF: Zika Virus – Living in a high risk state

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

There still haven’t been any non- travel based infections in the states, so I’m trying not to worry about this until it affects mozzies here. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

My bestie has promised to spray me with deet all summer 😛

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

We thankfully do not live in a high risk state, but instead one with moderate risk. It scares me. Today we went down to the river and I had long pants and a shirt on. I had out on bug spray as well. I still got bit by a mosquito. I’m eight weeks pregnant and I was so angry. And I was angry at Darling Husband for thinking nothing of it.

Today I realized there is nothing I can do. I can wear good clothes and bug spray, but none of it matters if Darling Husband doesn’t do the same. That makes me mad.

We won’t be taking our usual beach vacation though, which breaks.my heart. It’s just not worth the risk.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Hawaii is full of Zika warnings along with Dengue Fever. I spent 10 days there. I just got back in April . Live your life.

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Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It’s easy to say ‘live your life’ when you aren’t endangering an innocent child.

I don’t care if *I* get zika, the virus isn’t that bad. However if I were pregnant or TTC, there is no way I’d have such a cavalier attitude about my future kid.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

carrolltobee:  I live in a high risk area (one of the RED dots) and am 22 weeks pregnant.  We ordered mosquito nets, screens for doors, tiki torches with repellant oil, planted mosquito repellant plants (like citronella, catnip, etc.), and have an arsenal of mosquito repellant sprays, lotions, and bug bands. 

And yes, I understand that pregnant women shouldn’t be wearing too many chemicals on their skin, but I personally feel that the risk of contracting zika and the effects of it on my child greatly outweigh the possible effects of OFF! on my skin while pregnant. You’ve got to pick and choose your battles, and zika isn’t a battle I’m choosing.   

Also, we’ve limited some outdoor activities that are mosquito breeding ground – no walks through the woods, no floats down the rivers, no camping, no dinners at restaurants on the bayous, etc.  The mosquitos havent made it to us just yet, but they are on their way. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I live where it is a “moderate” risk.  I’ve seen mosquitos coming out just now so I’m going to be spraying down if I’m spending time outside.  Personally, I would hope that I’ll get a warning (you know, cases found in Florida or Texas first) so I know that it’s spreading north but even then I don’t want to be the first case (someone will have to be).  If I wasn’t pregnant I wouldn’t bother but I wouldn’t want to take any chances.  If I lived in Florida or in the gulf states I’d be using bug spray every time I went outside and I’d avoid being out during the times mosquitos are out.  My OB hasn’t brought it up yet.  TBH, I’m not super concerned yet but I’m still going to use bug spray and avoid sitting outside when mosquitoes are out.  Not worth the risk, I’ll just spray down and stay inside during those times.  I’m not doing any traveling the rest of my pregnancy.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m in a moderate risk zone and I am constantly reading updates.  I got a mosquito bite over memorial day weekend and was not happy, but I have to believe it isn’t here yet.  Like sunsetsky said, I can be super careful, but my husband is still out golfing, probably getting bit up.  It’s so frustrating to me.  All these warnings.   And does anyone know what it means that ‘the mosquitos are coming/will be here’.  this confuses the hell out of me.  The main carriers are already found in some areas, they just haven’t been confirmed to have Zika?  So are these warnings saying, mosquitos WITH Zika will be here?  How the hell do they know that.  I’m aggravated.  I’m also sad to curb my summer plans, but it’s not worth the risk to me.  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

carrolltobee:  i can’t zoom in on the map you so kindly provided.  can you please tell me what color tennessee is?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

carrolltobee:  I live in Kansas City. But I get absolutely mauled by mosquitos whenever I leave the house in the summer. Idk what it is about me but it’s like I am ringing the dinner bell! So I am already using bug spray constantly. We are looking at TTC end of this year or early next year.  I also have a crap immune system so I don’t want to risk getting it at all. Bring on the Deet. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Mrs. Meowerson:  Knoxville and Memphis are small orange dots. I live in TN too but not pregnant or trying quite yet but still cautious and use bug spray when going out in the woods.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Mrs. Meowerson:  If you right click on the picture, then click on “Open image in new tab”, you should be able to get a better picture of it & not have to squint. That’s what I was doing at first too! Then I right clicked it & found it blew up the pic a little better!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m in a high risk area, too (Savannah) and currently TTC. It’s something I’ve kept in the back of my mind so that I am adequately prepared any time I’m outside. Like a PP, I’m not too concerned just yet since there haven’t been any non-travel related cases. 

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