by Udita Saklani
For a woman who is going to become a mother for the first time, five questions she should ask a doctor regarding mosquitoes during her pregnancy
Along with the plethora of emotions, pregnancy brings with itself a set of questions for the parents to be. For a woman who is going to be a mom for the first time, life can be pretty confusing at times. This is because there are so many sources of information available.
These sources can range from your near and dear ones to our beloved Internet. It is confusing for the mom to be as something said by one family member might be completely debunked by the other. As a mom to be, a woman is expected to take extra care of herself as there is a growing fetus inside her. This is because anything she does, eats or for that matter, any disease she contracts has a direct impact on the fetus.
Thus, if one had to look, in the entire nine months of her pregnancy, a woman makes sure that she does not contract even the slightest bout of cold or a cough. Among the trillion questions, one of the most common yet whose answer and knowledge is limited is the topic of pregnancy and mosquitoes. Highlighting some common questions about pregnancy and mosquitoes:
1. Are pregnant women more susceptible to mosquito bites?:
Time and again research has said that ‘Yes’ – Pregnant women are more susceptible to the nasty mosquito bites. The main reason for this is as women progress slowly in their pregnancy, they tend to get tired more quickly than the usual self. Since they get tired, it’s but normal to exhale more air and hence carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide in the breath. Hence it is always better to take precautions and be safe. While it is not always possible to remain indoors, you can apply just 4 dots of the Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on your clothes. Since it is made using 100 % natural ingredients, you need not think twice before using it on yourself. It provides an 8-hour protection and is available in 2 different fragrances – Cirus & Bubblegum.
2. Is there any vaccine available for Malaria/Dengue/Chikungunya/Zika?:
Even though the WHO has released the vaccine for Dengue, it is not available in the Indian market yet due to certain constraints. This also holds true for the Zika virus. Tests have been conducted around the world to come up with a vaccine for Zika as well. It is also said that even if a vaccine is developed, there will still be a need to prevent mosquito bites.
3. What if I contract Dengue during my pregnancy?:
If a woman gets dengue during pregnancy, there are high chances of her passing it to the baby either during birth or before it. The dengue virus is particularly dangerous as it can result in still birth, low birth weight or even in some cases premature delivery. If you think you have got dengue, it is best to immediately consult a doctor for the further course of action and medication so that chances of complication are lowered.
4. Can I treat the mosquito bite as it is causing irritation on my skin?:
Mosquito bites can have an irritating reaction on your whether you’re skin-pregnant or not. Sometimes it might turn red and create an itching sensation as well. To get immediate relief, rub your hand under ice cold water for at least two minutes or so. To provide further relief, you can take an ice pack and rub on the affected area. Avoid any scratching or so around the mosquito bite.
5. Is it safe to use a mosquito repellent during pregnancy?
This question has a very tricky answer to it. Most repellents contain DEET in them. If deet is used for longer periods of time it can cause skin irritation and dizziness. So, it is always advised to use mosquito repellents in moderation. These days the market is flooded with Deet-Free Mosquito Repellents, so you might as well check them out. For indoor protection, you can use the time-tested electric repellent – Goodknight Activ + System that comes with 2 times the power to repel mosquitoes. You can switch between the normal and active modes, based upon the number of mosquitoes.
Pregnancy is a time when you want to be just healthy and take minimum risks as far as medicines or anything related to the body is concerned. These can be as minute as a new skin care cream or oil. With off the counter products and drugs, one can’t be sure of the contents inside them.
Hence presenting some tips which will help in warding off mosquitoes in a natural yet effective way:
1. Neem Oil: Neem is one of the best and effective anti-mosquito agents. It is easily available in the market these days. People in rural areas burn Neem leaves to keep mosquitoes away. You can burn Neem oil candles or in a lamp to prevent mosquito bites. Neem oil mixed with coconut oil applied to the body is also a great way to chase those nasty mosquitoes.
2. Tulsi/Basil:Yes, you heard it right! Apart from the religious beliefs, Tulsi plant can also be potted in your home to ward of those mosquitoes. Tulsi has anti-repelling properties which can even kill the mosquito larvae. So, plant a Tulsi tree today!
3. Tea Treel Oil: You can use diffusers with tea tree oil and light them and place it in your room. The fragrance is typically very light and will also not make you feel nauseated. Tea tree oil also has anti- inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Thus, it can be used to treat mosquito bites as well.
We are sure we have covered most of the queries around this topic! Wishing you happy nine months of pregnancy!
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