The Zika Virus: Protecting Mom & Baby
It’s the dead of winter and all you want to do is get out of town and lay on a beach somewhere – but now the media is telling you that you can’t do that? Why, because of some silly little virus that sounds like a sandwich topping? Au contraire, my soon to be mommy, the Zika virus is not something to be taken lightly.
You might be asking, what exactly is Zika and why is it causing such uproar? The Zika virus is currently a virus spread through infected misquotes found in the Caribbean and Latin America. The virus can also be spread through already infected people, so if you see a hot young thing fresh from Guatemala, steer clear! Just kissing an infected person can spread Zika.
The virus has little to no symptoms in infected adults, but the virus is causing severe birth defects in babies of infected mothers. Babies born of mothers who have had the Zika virus develop microcephaly, or in laymen’s terms, a smaller-than-average brain. This is occurring at an alarming rate, even prompting some athletes to reconsider going to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The governments of Brazil, Columbia and the United States are all working together to find a solution and help protect all the unborn babies out there from the Zika Virus.
So, all you pregnant and soon to be pregnant mommies – beware. The Zika virus is a big deal and if you are traveling anywhere south of the border you might want to reconsider, at least for now. If you absolutely have to travel to those areas, take all necessary precautions such as using EPA approved bug spray and sleeping with a mosquito net. For more tips on preventing the Zika virus check out the CDC’s guidelines.
If all of this hype is making you nervous about having your little one grow up safe and sound, cord blood banking can help to offer some assurance. We never know what the future may hold, but it’s always better to be prepared than not. Learn more about cord blood banking with our Info Guide!
Want to learn more about the Zika Virus and ways to prevent it? Check out what the ACOG has to say.