Living in sunny Cyprus, those mosquito’s just love a snack of mummy-to-be! They are everywhere and are taking advantage of my sharing nature!
I figured with summer coming up & I am sure a lot of people are planning on a pre-baby trip with their other halves, I should worn them of their yummy mummy factor.
I did a little research & found the reason for this:
“Pregnant women may be more attractive to mosquitoes,” Conlon says. “If the pregnant female is breathing more due to carting about a bit of extra weight, then she will also be a bit more attractive to mosquitoes, because mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide.” Plus, pregnant women have a warmer average body temperature, which is a cue for biting and landing, he adds.
While mosquito bites are no more dangerous to pregnant women than anyone else, you obviously don’t want to come down with a mosquito-borne disease while you’re pregnant (or even if you’re not pregnant!). While most people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms, about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms, according to the CDC. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.
Here are 5 tips for staying bite-free:
1. Wear light-coloured clothing — mosquitoes that bite during the day favor dark-colored clothing.
2. Wear long sleeves and long pants if possible – but be careful overheating.
3. Wear loose-fitting clothing — mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing.
4. Use a repellant that’s been tested and registered with the EPA, Conlon urges. You’ll see the registration number listed right above the ingredients, he says. Products with DEET should be effective and safe for pregnant women in reasonable amounts (click here for more guidelines on using DEET while pregnant).
5. If you’re out on the deck, Citronella candles might provide some protection; so might tiki torches, or campfire smoke if you’re camping. Bathing in garlic might help too, but that might repel more than just mosquitoes ;).