We are going through a difficult period of fear and great concern for pregnant women where a new epidemic has come to take the population’s sleep. Zica is the new fear of the moment and just as dengue is transmitted by an insect called Aedes Aegypti , so the use of a suitable repellent is essential at this time. But which repellent for pregnant women is best?
We know that not all products are recommended for use by pregnant women , much less recommended to use without medical advice. It is no different from the use of repellents in the composition of some substances not suitable for use during pregnancy. So it is good to pay attention to every detail and recommendations to use the proper repellent and suitable for pregnant women.
With the arrival of summer, the rains also begin more frequently, which further increases the outbreaks and the threat of the disease, so care must be redoubled. Those who think that the best repellent for this phase is for child use are mistaken, as their composition is lighter and smoother. If dealing with an epidemic, protection has to be strong and really fight the problem , so use the repellents for pregnant women with formulas for adults as the main ones in Brazil, DEET, IR3535 and Icaridina.
Each of them provides a different protection period, as in the case of Icaridine, which provides the longest fixation time on the skin, staying in an average period of up to 10 hours. Unlike the DEET repellents that are the most conventional and most easily found in pharmacies and large supermarkets, which offer protection for up to 6 hours, but it is recommended to reinforce the use during this period. The IR3535 is the one used in infant formulas and has its shortest duration, offering protection of an average of 2 hours, which is not very suitable for pregnant women as the work will be doubled and the protection is not as intense as the others mentioned above. .
Natural Care and Repellents for Pregnant Women
In addition to the use of repellents sold in pharmacies, we can use other effective and natural methods to reduce the chances of this epidemic reaching us, but it is worth pointing out that its effectiveness is not as intense and lasting as the reported repellents, especially those based on icaridine that has even longer duration requiring only one daily application. For those who do not want to use industrialized repellents, there is citronella and andiroba, which are natural repellents and keep insects away. However, its effectiveness is on average 20 to 30 minutes, which will double the work of the future mother in having to keep going.
Other precautions that can be taken to avoid contagion are the use of clothes that cover most of the skin, such as long-sleeved blouses and pants . Of course, in this heat it is a not so pleasant and comfortable option, but if you have lighter fabric options you will be a choice. Musketeers, window screens and outlet repellents are also other options that the pregnant woman has to redouble the care of her health and that of her family. Remembering that Aedes Aegypti has daytime habits, so it is not only during the night that repellent and other care options should be used.
Follow the recommendations for use of each product and respect the indicated protection period . Repellents should be used after the pregnant woman is fully clothed and applied under clothing on all exposed skin, forming a protective layer against mosquitoes and insects. Do not apply close to the eyes, mouth and nose, as its components can cause allergy and irritation of the mucous membranes. You will find some repellent options in pharmacies for pregnant women against ZICA virus and Dengue, but before using any product, talk to your obstetrician.
Mobilize with your neighbors, talk to each of them. After all, it is no use protecting yourself against mosquitoes and the focus continues. Do your part taking care of your house and not allowing water to stand still and charging your neighbors to do the same. Care to avoid the outbreak is the best way to prevent the mosquito from proliferating and the disease from reaching more and more people and affecting more babies with microcephaly. Taking care before it happens is and will always be the best way out and the best care option!
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.