As summer approaches, information about the Zika virus and pregnancy will be on the minds of those who are pregnant or planning pregnancy. Until more information is known, raising awareness is the most important step we can take to minimize the impact Zika virus has on pregnancy.
For up-to-date information, visit the Center for Disease Control and/or the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
When researching information about the Zika virus, always discuss any questions or concerns you have with your prenatal care provider:
- The Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.
- Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause fetal microcephaly
If you are planning pregnancy and have particular concerns about Zika virus and pregnancy, consider a pre-conceptual visit with your healthcare provider to discuss the following topics:
- Travel (including where you have traveled or plan to travel, even prior to pregnancy)
- Exposure Prevention (environmental exposure, sexual transmission etc.)
- Summer Pregnancy Precautions
- Insecticides (What insecticides are safe during pregnancy?)
- Pregnancy Management (ultrasound etc.)
For Zika Travel Information visit:
* The sole purpose of this article is to raise awareness about the Zika virus and pregnancy. Specifics about travel, prevention, management, etc. are not discussed because such recommendations will continue to change as additional information becomes available. The referenced sites in this article do offer updated information; however, when possible, it is always best to talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have at the time you are planning pregnancy. It is essential to get your information about Zika virus and pregnancy only from authority resources and qualified health care professionals.