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#1 Elden

Posted 01 July 2019 - 02:44 PM

My husband and I had been trying for a long time to conceive and recently gave up on the idea until my brother's wedding in Mexico is over. Somehow we are now pregnant and have major concerns about the Zika virus (hence the original plan to wait). My Obstetrician has assured me that as we will be 20 weeks when over there we have nothing to worry about. Can anyone else confirm this advice?

It is the second pregnancy for us and the Doctor was absolutley perfect and thorough the first time around as I have previous health conditions that need to be monitored throughout pregnancy. I have a lot of faith and trust in him but have copped severe judgement from other people so now looking for some opinions. I would never live it down if I don't show at his wedding and would feel awful but obviously the concerns for the health of baby are more serious.

Thanks guys!



#2 tenar

Posted 01 July 2019 - 02:57 PM

I think you should trust the advice of your doctors over internet randoms.

I also think that you should be very careful about not getting bitten by mosquitos.  With appropriate clothing, insect repellent etc that's a manageable hazard.

#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 01 July 2019 - 04:27 PM

At present there is no outbreak currently. It is advised that no pregnant woman regardless of how far along goes to a country experiencing an outbreak. You can view the countries where Zika outbreaks are present on the cdc website. If you choose to go make sure you take all precautions to not get bitten by mosquitoes ALSO the big one is to also practise safe sex (ie condoms) with your husband for 6 months if he goes as well. for the rest of the pregnancy.

I would talk more to a GP who specialises in travel then the OB who clearly has no idea on Zika and pregnancy. Some OB’s are not great when it comes to stuff outside of OB like travelling. It’s why you see endocrinologists if you have high blood sugar not the OB.

While the OB is right in the sense that you will (99.999%) be fine it’s not because your 20 weeks it’s because at present there is no outbreaks.

I love Mexico. I wouldn’t want to fly there at 20 weeks though for a wedding and be worrying the whole time about mozzies - I think Zika is the perfect excuse!

#4 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:00 PM

Just to chuck in, I was very surprised when Meghan toured Fiji when she was pregnant, especially as Fiji has signs up at the airport warning of Ziki and the hotel was fumigating the rooms weekly last October.
However when in Fiji I saw quute a few pregnant women.
Maybe talk to a travel health doctor as they would be most up to date?

#5 born.a.girl

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:12 PM

I don't agree with your doctor either.

I'd see a travel doctor, too.

What you see as judgement, may well be people so concerned that they can't help but warn you.

#6 MrsLexiK

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:22 PM

View PostKiwi Bicycle, on 01 July 2019 - 05:00 PM, said:

Just to chuck in, I was very surprised when Meghan toured Fiji when she was pregnant, especially as Fiji has signs up at the airport warning of Ziki and the hotel was fumigating the rooms weekly last October.
However when in Fiji I saw quute a few pregnant women.
Maybe talk to a travel health doctor as they would be most up to date?
I think it’s because the info has changed to “don’t travel to countries with outbreaks” and Fiji isn’t in an outbreak. The fumigation would be to stop an outbreak. Then they have have the next level of countries which have experienced outbreaks, countries that haven’t but are at risk to, countries that haven’t but are at little risk, countries at no risk etc. Fiji falls into the second category (same as Mexico, Thailand etc) and that’s when it’s about weighing up whether you take the very low risk or not. I suspect had an outbreak occurred before the Duchess would not have gone.

#7 blackcat20

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:28 PM

We went to Malaysia last year when I was 17 weeks pregnant. Took all the precautions, long pants, tropical strength repellant etc. you need to look for the most current info on outbreaks.

#8 born.a.girl

Posted 01 July 2019 - 05:47 PM

View PostMrsLexiK, on 01 July 2019 - 05:22 PM, said:

I think it’s because the info has changed to “don’t travel to countries with outbreaks” and Fiji isn’t in an outbreak. The fumigation would be to stop an outbreak. Then they have have the next level of countries which have experienced outbreaks, countries that haven’t but are at risk to, countries that haven’t but are at little risk, countries at no risk etc. Fiji falls into the second category (same as Mexico, Thailand etc) and that’s when it’s about weighing up whether you take the very low risk or not. I suspect had an outbreak occurred before the Duchess would not have gone.

Also, I should imagine there was a team involved in making sure her every location was well and truly treated, not a luxury the OP has.

#9 lozoodle

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:24 PM

We went to a wedding in Mexico last year and one of the guests pulled out due to pregnancy and zika. I'd get a second opinion.

#10 Ellie bean

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:29 PM

I’d get a second opinion too. People being upset that you can’t attend will seem trivial if something goes wrong. My bridesmaid had to pull out of my wedding because she couldn’t travel while pregnant, yes I was upset but not with her because I am a decent person who understood she could not put here baby at risk for a wedding. I think I’d try and see a travel doctor or even your gp if you have a good one, and look at the government travel advisory warnings etc, to get a range of opinions

#11 Smoo

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:32 PM

smart traveller recommends against non-essential travel to affected areas for pregnant women
https://smartravelle...ges/mexico.aspx

#12 foxbread

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:42 PM

In addition to zika, you need to consider malaria as well. I would imagine medical advice might vary epending on what part of Mexico you'd be going to (desert areas have fewer mosquitos, for eg). Definitely talk to a travel doctor.

#13 Mothers Groupie

Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:55 PM

All the best with your decision making. Agree with smart traveller being a good site for resources. To be honest though even if there is no Zika, Mexico is not high on my places to visit whilst pregnant list.




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